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.