Friday, September 9th, 2016

Rhodia Fan Profile: K.C. Dockal


RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

KC: I’m an aspiring writer (got a bit of a late start), a grandma, wife, and a dog-mom. I was a biologist in a former life.

My website, a bit static since we began the process of buying and furnishing a new house, is


RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?

KC: I first learned of Rhodia products on fountain pen discussion fora about fifteen years ago. Rhodia paper has the reputation of one of the best papers for fountain pen ink. I waited a couple of years to dive into the orange pool. Orange frightened me. Now, of course, I love it.


RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?

KC: They are all excellent, but I probably use the #16 notepads (of various rulings) more than any other. They are so versatile for daily life. From mundane lists to letters to loved ones to notes on a story. For more detailed work on my writing, the Rhodia Classic staple-bound A4 lined notebook is another that gets a lot of use. The Classics in black and orange and the Clairefontaine A4 notebooks allow me to have color-coded notebooks for different projects. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit how many Rhodia products I have around the house, but it’s (something-something-mumble)teen.

RD: Do you always use the same product(s) or do you change periodically?

KC: I change up the ruling/paper style a lot. I will use the Rhodia Premium for a while, then go to the Dot grid or to Rhodia Ice then back to Premium, but largely always within the #16 size. For writing projects (chapters, stories, essays), I stick to the same Classic A4 lined notebooks.

RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your work?

KC: As I mentioned, I use the A4s for creative writing. The size is ideal for individual projects or subjects. I have only tried a sample of the 16.5” x 12.5” grid stapled pad, but found it to be great for mind-mapping which I typically do on a paper that is not fountain pen friendly. I intend to change that in the future since my test drive of the format was so positive. Much better than the bleedy, scratchy stuff I’ve been using (and comparable in price).


RD: Does using Rhodia products make your job easier in any way? (Do quality tools make the job easier?)

KC: I write all first drafts in fountain ink on paper and need consistent paper. I don’t want to have to think about the behaviour of the paper and pen. I want to focus on the shape of the words and the sentences. Rhodia paper allows me to let go of concerns about whether or not my ink will bleed through, feather, or even skip over waxy sizing.

RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?

KC: Mostly fountain pen. Okay, I’ll be honest, many fountain pens. Mostly Pelikan, Pilot, and Sailor. However, a well-designed mechanical pencil (Uni Kuru Toga, Faber-Castell e-motion, Lamy Safari) with 2B lead will turn my head if I’m drawing out a mind map or complex timeline.

RD: Where do you regularly purchase Rhodia products?

KC: I usually buy Rhodia/Exaclair products from two “Mom & Pop” sources that I feel strongly about supporting: Goulet Pens, an internet shop that has amazing service and excellent stock; and Dromgoole’s of Houston, Texas, a brick & mortar store in the Rice Village area and one of the last bastions of stationary stationery sales. Dromgoole’s keeps excellent stock of many Exaclair products.

RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product?

KC: Probably not. Oh, there are times I wish that the notebooks had places to label them on the front, but then I wouldn’t have an excuse to make my own labels. My wish for a more flexible binding on the Webnotebook and Rhodiarama came to be, so we’re good.

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