Rhodia’s Webnotebook has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best fountain pen-friendly notebooks there is. It was my number one choice until I started using covers, when the thick cover, usually such an advantage, became a bit awkward. I tried many different softcover notebooks, some good, some bad, but what I really wanted was a Webnotebook without the thick cover. That is exactly what the Rhodiarama Softcover Notebook is.
I was able to get this notebook at a discount thanks to Cult Pens’ support of the site. These are my own honest opinions.
Cover: card in 16 different colours
Paper: 90gsm ivory
Ruling: dot grid or lined
Inside, it’s a Webnotebook: smooth ivory coloured paper that doesn’t feather, doesn’t bleed through and shows off inks extremely well. The paper is excellent. My only gripe is that it isn’t also available in pure white or unruled. The notebook lays flat no matter how far through it you are. (If you would like to see how the paper handles different inks, take a look at my original Webnotebook review.)
The cover is card, thick enough to give some protection if used unclad but thin enough to easily slip inside a cover.
There’s the usual elastic band to hold the notebook closed and ribbon bookmark.
Inside the back cover is a card pocket.
This is the notebook I’ve been looking for. It’s quite expensive, with some places selling it for more than the hardcover Webnotebook, which seems a little strange. However, if you want to write in a notebook with fountain pens, there is nothing better.
Smooth fountain pen-friendly paper
Limited ruling options