Rhodia Webnotebook (AKA The Webbie) Review

Rhodia Webbie

I have finally gotten around to trying out and reviewing the Rhodia Webnotebook (AKA the Webbie). I held out until I could find the exact model I like: the A5 size, in black with blank paper. Thank you very much.

Rhodia logo on cover

The notebook has a subtle emboss logo on the leatherette cover but that’s the extent of the outward branding. Inside, the pages are a good quality creamy off-white (I wouldn’t go so far as to call it ivory as its lighter color than ivory, I think). The paper is 90g acid-free, pH neutral so it really is “good quality”. Each book is 96 pages and what I discovered is that I really can use both sides of the paper with 95% of the writing tools I use so that’s lots of writing space. There is also a black satin bookmark which is treated on the end so it won’t fray (this is a big thing with me!) so yeah! The cover also sports the vertical elastic like that other notebook.

Pocket in back

The back of notebook includes the requisite pocket to store loose papers.

Rhodia Webbie Pen Tests

I tested every pen in my daily carry bag (I know, I carry way more pens day-to-day then I actually need but better to be prepared and all that). For a larger view of these images, click through to Flickr.

Webbie pen tests

close-up of pen tests

This notebook definitely loves all my fountain pens and inks as well as my LePen collection. The fine, fine lines of the Coleto and Uni-Style Fit also worked well on the smooth paper.

More pen tests

I even got the Lamy with 1.1mm calligraphy stub on the paper with no issues with show-through or bleeding. Quite impressive.

Rhodia Webnotebook

From the back, no show-through at all. I didn’t test out a Sharpie because I didn’t have one handy but I so rarely use them in my day-to-day notes that it didn’t seem necessary. I address boxes with Shapries, I don’t take notes with them. I love using it with my new Kaweco Student EF fountain pen.

I had been hesitant to purchase the Rhodia Webbie because it is a pricier notebook than others ($32) but it clearly is worth the investment. I have never been able to use both sides of a sheet of Moleskine paper so I will get considerably more mileage out of a Webbie than the old Moleskine.

So.. I thought I’d share. Want to win a Rhodia Webnotebook? I have an unopened, brand new A5 blank webbie to give away. Leave a comment below and tell me what pen you will pair with your new webbie to qualify to win.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, September 21, 2012. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Winner will be select by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

(Thanks to JetPens for sponsoring this giveaway. Please support our sponsors and tell them “The Well-Appointed Desk sent me!“)

PPS: The mug shown above is from the fine folks at Folded Pigs, its the skull and crossed utensils tea cup.

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  1. Not just one pen for me as I am new to art and journaling and have no favorites. Okay, not many pens yet either! I am open to trying it all and love reading the comments for ideas!

  2. I would use my green Kaweco Ice Sport pen, medium nib, with J. Herbin Bleu Nuit cartridge. Although it sounds like I could use pretty much anything on this awesome paper!

  3. I admit I am a Moleskine person but I would LOVE to try a Webbie after reading your review. I will use my Lamy Safari Green fountain pen in it…the paper sounds awesome for it! Please enter me in your drawing! Thanks!

  4. I have just entered the world of fountain pens & will be getting a Lamy Safari EF! Definitely will use it with this awesome notebook!

  5. I would use the first fountain pen I have purchased as an adult–my Pelikano junior yellow fountain pen filled with blue ink…

  6. The majority of the time I’d use my Lamy Safari with brown Waterman ink. However, I’d switch back and forth to some Platinum Preppy pens that I keep around for color variety. If I was feeling like a black ink, it would be my Sailor Candy which is kept with either black ink or their brown (which is more of a reddish/brown iodine color). But if I were to win, who knows what other pens would be in my daily round up by the time I received the notebook?

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