Friday, May 5th, 2017

Bullet journaling dot-grid notebook comparisons


Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk recently did an excellent comparison of the Rhodiarama softcover notebook, the Leuchtturm 1917, and the Baron Fig notebook, all in dot grid. It’s an excellent side-by-side review of the pros and cons of each. You can see her post here.

The Rhodia notebook won big points for its paper: fountain pen friendly, with no show-through on the back side of the page. She notes, “So, if I was grading on paper quality alone, Rhodia would be a gold medal winner.”

However she noted two features she found to be less desirable: the short placemarker ribbon, and the darkness of the dots.

We are currently working on lengthening the ribbon, and hope to have longer-ribbon editions out soon.

The darkness of the dots is actually for a good reason: The paper in the Rhodia notebooks is Clairefontaine paper made in France, and because of environmental regulations, the manufacturer cannot add chemical stabilizers to the inks. Chemical stabilizers allow for lighter printed dots. Other brands are made in other countries where the regulations might not be as strict. For example, Leuchtturm notebooks are made in Taiwan.

Rhodia products are very high quality and are made to strict environmental regulations. Those regulations mean the result is an exceptional paper that is also environmentally friendly and sustainable. But the trade-off is darker dots.

In the end it comes down to choices, and personal preferences.

The Rhodia notebook shown in Ana’s post and in the photo above is the Rhodiarama medium softcover dot grid notebook in Silver.

5 thoughts on “Bullet journaling dot-grid notebook comparisons

  1. I’m not fussed about the dots, but I would love the Rhodia goalbooks even more if they had the same white paper of the exercise books. Not a deal breaker, but I love colored inks and the ivory paper doesn’t let them shine as much as the white one.

  2. Thanks so much for the additional information and considering lengthening the ribbons! While the dots and lines are a matter of preference (I can always buy a blank book!) having a longer ribbon makes the book even more functional. I know it seems like a petty thing but like a gusseted pocket versus a slot, once you have one that works, its hard to use one that’s not quite usable.

  3. I think dot “obtrusiveness” is a personal preference thing; I don’t mind them at all.

  4. I didn’t know there was an environmental reason for the darker dots! I wonder if you could make the dots smaller? I also found your lines too thick. Can they be thinner? I tend to buy blank rhodia although I recently bought Rhodia grid paper which is wonderful (the lines are not too thick).

  5. Thank you very much for talking about why the dots were darker (which I actually prefer. Different tastes and needs :) ) I love learning about how/why things get made the way they do. :D

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