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Rhodia Ice And A Giveaway

07/27/2014

Score another winner for Rhodia with the recently introduced “Ice” tablets honoring the company’s 80th anniversary. Pure white paper with gray lines and a white cover with silver lettering embellished with snow covered pine trees. Brrr! It’s chilly out there.

Exaclair, U.S. distributor of G. Lalo products, is offering a giveaway to four Inkophile readers who want to try Rhodia Ice No. 16 pads in the grid style. To enter just post a comment and a sentence or two about how you would use an icy pad. This offer is open to residents of the U.S. only. One entry per person with four random winners to be selected on 8/03/2014 at 6pm PDT. Each winner will have until 8/13/2014 to respond. If not, a replacement winner will be selected. Fulfillment will be handled by Exaclair.

Thanks, Karen, for sponsoring the giveaway. The white paper and gray lines show off all colors of ink well. One of these days I’ll get my hands on a lined No. 16 and use it for casual stationery. I think it will be perfect!

A Penchant for Paper: Rhodia Ice

Gourmet Pens: Review – Rhodia Ice No 16 Notepad

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The Ink Whisperer – Tomoe River Paper

01/24/2014

“Love” is the best way to describe my initial response to Tomoe River paper. For correspondence, general writing, or musing in a journal, this line brought joy to every fountain pen and ink duo tested. This is a writer’s paper.

The word-of-mouth is consistently outstanding, a rarity in the fountain pen community. There is no substitute for first-hand experience, so I solicited a sample from Jay at Paper For Fountain Pens. I was hoping for a few sheets, but he generously sent a journal, a pad and a packet of single sheets. He included a three-page letter that immediately got passed around to family members who were impressed with the texture and the thinness of the paper. We all use fountain pens and the amazing performance as evidenced by Jay’s letter wowed us all. Rest assured we are not easily impressed.

There is something unusually satisfying about the combination of weight and texture. It is not unlike airmail paper or even the paper in some Bibles. For people who are fascinated with paper, Tomoe River will delight the senses.

Tomoe River is smooth but not glassy and for fountain pens, that is a very good thing. It is smooth enough to tame even a scratchy nib and that earns it the highest marks. Given the weight of the paper, there is surprisingly mild show-through and only the occasional dot of bleed-through. The thin sheets pack a lot of writing into a very small profile.

The only caveat is that the paper needs somewhat gentle handling and the support of a solid writing surface. The journal format meets both criteria, but the pad and single sheets could use a protective binder and a desk or clip board for best performance. In fact the pad would benefit from a cover that could easily be constructed from a heavier paper measuring 9.5 – 10″ x 6 1/10″. This would allow enough extra paper to wrap around the top edge and glue to the back of the pad. It won’t interfere with detaching pages, but it will protect the top page and the edge where the pages are glued together.

Ink whisperer is fitting as the writing samples above show, but Noodler’s Blue Nose Bear is in a class unto itself. It’s a lovely color, but feathers on many brands and grades of paper as the samples below demonstrate. However, Tomoe River tames the beast and that is no mean feat.

This is one of the few papers that enhances shading. Yes, you read that right. The writing sample shows how well it does the job with inks that are so inclined.

Peruse the Paper for Fountain Pens website for more information, but suffice to say, this is one paper that won’t disappoint. I would never say you need to own anything, but Tomoe River might be the exception.

More at PenPaperInkLetter including a gazillion photos.

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G’bye 2013 – Hello 2014

01/01/2014

Pens, inks and paper make a terrific hobby, but you already know that. Writing about them is my way of sharing the fun of using these tools. You make it worth the effort and for that I thank you.

Some names and numbers…

Thank you for the generous donations that helped keep Inkophile going last fall. My hobby has become a financial challenge. Really. Who wouldn’t want the newest colors of ink and several pricey pens every year? Sometimes retailers or manufacturers offer their newest creations or items they want to move off the shelf for review and that’s very much appreciated. When that doesn’t happen, I would like to purchase new items. Sponsorships and other sources of funding would allow me to do that. So moving forward, there will be some changes at Inkophile. Hopefully, that won’t estrange too many readers, but if you fancy an unsupported pen blog, there are plenty in the sidebar from which to choose.

As my interests have evolved, so has the content of my blog. Watercolor painting plays third fiddle to writing and using fountain pens, but painting in my journal has made it an integrated hobby. If nothing else, the addition of lively color to my wordy journal entries is a creative embellishment that is both intriguing and satisfying. More to come.

This is my favorite doodle of the year. It started as two comma shaped lines at the top and the rest was pure luck.

Copyright © 2013 Margana Maurer. All Rights Reserved.

Gene Kelly in Rose Ink

May your new year be filled with joyful dancing and colorful friends. Hello 2014!

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Hot Links From Moleskine To Wet Dogs – Really!

12/01/2013

It was a very distracting week…

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When Using A Fountain Pen On Any Old Paper Won’t Do

10/09/2013

Are you a creature of convenience, grabbing printer paper and used envelopes for notes and such? It is easy to go for whatever is handy, but fountain pens aren’t always agreeable. That well-turned phrase can look like a sloppy mess with feathering and spreading that makes reading at a later date a chore. The smaller the lettering, the worse the offense. Time to find a compromise between cost and quality.

HP Premium Choice Laser 32# has been my standard printer paper for years, and it is good with fountain pens if overkill for casual use. With a backlog of printing and knowing a ream would disappear quickly, recently I opted for Hammermill Inkjet 24# and was not disappointed.

Certainly it’s fine for common printing tasks, but it works well with a variety of inks and pens, too. No feathering or fuzzy outlines with any fountain pen ink. Although there was mild show-through with every pen, the only ones that bled through were the Sharpie Fine Point and the Copic Sketch. Much to my surprise, the brush pens did not bleed through. For general needs, the Hammermill will do just fine.

There is a price difference of note. At Costco, HP Choice sells for $13.99 per ream while the Hammermill Inkjet goes for $5.99. For those who go through paper in quantity, that’s a significant savings.

Hammermill Inkjet 24# Paper

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2012 And Some Really Good Pen Stuff

11/29/2012

2012 was a very lean year with few items to review and no ink or pen purchases. So there is little new to recommend. Still there are some favorites worth mentioning along with a few new products on my list of

Really Good Stuff

  • Best new tool that came my way was the InkJournal.
  • Best new paper product was any Stillman & Birn Sketchbook.
  • Martha Stewart cahier – The batch I bought was fountain pen friendly and very attractive.
  • Canson Art Book cahier – Surprisingly good performance for both pens and watercolors.
  • Daycraft Gold Slab journal may not be perfect or easy to source but it sure is gorgeous.
  • Rhodia pads got the most action. The orange covers make them a standout in my messy office.
  • My regular ink rotation expanded with the inclusion of Noodler’s Ottoman Azure and Black Swan in Australian Roses. No new ink colors came my way but Karen at Exaclair sent three reformulated J. Herbin inks for comparison to what I had on hand that were produced prior to EU meddling. I still enjoy all three, Vert Empire, Lie de Thé, and Poussière de Lune, but they are a bit different.
  • Current model pens with stock nibs that were consistently in my rotation included the Lamy Safari with an EF or 1.1mm italic and the Vista 1.1mm italic as well as the Levenger True Writer fine nib. Most of my other pens are no longer in production or have been modified. The greatest difference in my rotation this year was that fewer fine nibs like Pilots and Sailors got used while the Montblanc 220 OB never fell out of favor.
  • Custom nibs can be heavenly or not. Nearly all of mine were crafted by different people and in some cases I don’t even know who did the work. However, one Masuyama stub and one Binder cursive italic rose to the top. The former was a dream from the first fill though Iroshizuku ku-jaku is its current best friend. If ever there was a fickle pen this one is it for it will mate with darned near any ink. The Binder sat unused for years until on a whim got paired with Ottoman Azure. Now that Pelikan M-215 Rings is a delight to use. Some nibs are finicky and the right ink can make a huge improvement in performance. Admittedly, a little inspiration helps or that Pel and Ottoman Azure would never have met. So don’t discount what you think might work. Just try it and see what happens.
  • The pen that resided in my handbag was the Kaweco Classic Sport. If it accommodated a converter, the Kaweco would get more use and take up residence on my desk.
  • Best new (to me) non-fountain pen writing instrument was a tie between the Sanford Uniball Gel Grip medium (utilitarian) and the Pentel Libretto (attractive). The Autopoint remained my favorite mechanical pencil in large part due to its 0.9mm HB lead. The Levenger True Writer Rollerball sporting a felt tip refill continued as my first choice when a fountain pen or mechanical pencil wouldn’t do.

That wraps up 2012. My wish list for 2013 is simple. Buy or trade for another stub or italic nib and acquire a few new inks, mostly Noodler’s or perhaps a Diamine or two. A bottle of Iroshizuku kon-peki might be nice but on that I can wait.

Did you get some “really good stuff” this year? What’s on your list for 2013?

2012 Favorite Pen, Ink, and Paper Products

2012 Favorite Pen, Ink, and Paper Products

Noodler’s Ottoman Azure and Black Swan in Australian Roses, J. Herbin Poussière de Lune, InkJournal, Stillman & Birn Sketchbook for Pen & Ink, Levenger True Writer, Autopoint Mechanical Pencil, Rhodia pad, Pelikan Tradition M-215 Black Rings fountain pen.

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