Monday, June 13th, 2016

Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Quo Vadis Paper



We get a lot of questions regarding the paper that is in our notepads and notebooks. I thought it would be a good time to touch on it a little bit here.

Question 1 is usually what is the difference between Rhodia and Clairefontaine paper. First thing to note here is that “Rhodia paper” does not actually exist. All paper that we use is “Clairefontaine paper” although there are slight variations throughout the product lines. For example Clairefontaine paper is exceptionally smooth and is great for those looking for an effortless and superb writing experience but comes with a longer dry time for fountain pens. In comparison the Rhodia variation is a bit more absorbent due to the finish of the paper. Quo Vadis Habana paper is also Clairefontaine but that is also another finish. Depending on your purpose and tools each line of products has their advantages.

Question 2 is do we use animal products in our paper. Because our paper is referred to as “vellum” – which was made with calfskin – we get asked this by people who do not like using products that have animal by-products. Clairefontaine does not use actual animal products in the paper making process. Clairefontaine modern vellum is made with sustainable forest and wood by-products.

Question 3 is what are the sizes of your grids, dots and lines for Rhodia. Rhodia grids and dots are spaced at 5mm and lined at 7mm.

Question 4 is what is the color of the lines in a Rhodia pad. Rhodia generally uses a light violet ink for their lines and grids. However you can find light grey ink used for the dotPad, Rhodia Ice and the R by Rhodia line.

Have a question you want answered? Comment below!

3 thoughts on “Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Quo Vadis Paper

  1. Saoirse, I checked, and as far as I know Rhodia does not make the ink but purchases it from a supplier.

  2. Not really a question, more a request / suggestion – I wish they’d make a Rhodia Webnotebook (Webbie) with white paper, rather than the manila / off-white stuff. Such a wonderful notebook, and the paper is wonderful, but white just works so much better for showing off my plethora of fountain pen inks. I’ve seen this mentioned in numerous reviews of the Webbie over the years, yet there is still no white paper version. Such a shame.

    Just my two cents.

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