There has been a lot of online buzz around the new Rhodia Ice notepad, and I have to say I was also swept up in the excitement. When Margana the Inkophile recently hosted a giveaway for the Ice, I jumped at the chance to win one. Luckily, I did!
Cover: The cover is simple, pure white, with a metallic silver Rhodia logo. For me, it’s very calming. It is stapled at the top and has a few creases to fold back the cover for writing. I’m a huge fan of the white/silver cover, my decor involves those colors much more than orange and black.
Size: My Ice is a No. 16 notebook, which measures 5.8″ x 8.3.” However, the Ice is also available in No. 11, 12, 13, 16, and 18 sizes.
Paper: The notebook has 80 sheets of High Grade Vellum Paper. I was given the graph paper with 5×5 mm squares. The lines are a light grey, which makes them less obvious than regular Rhodia pads — a plus in my opinion. However, I did notice that the paper in the Orange/Black pads is a brighter white than the Ice, something that might have been nice to carry over. The notebook is also available in a lined version in addition to the graph paper. My personal preference is lined, so next time I would definitely like to get one of those.
The paper is exactly what you would expect in a Rhodia pad — smooth and very fountain pen friendly. All inks show up well and shade beautifully with minimal to no feathering. In addition, there is no bleedthrough and very minimal showthrough so that both sides of the page can be used. There is a tiny perforation line at the top of each page to tear out that page neatly as well.
Overall: Another great product that I will happily use and highly recommend. You can’t go wrong with anything from Rhodia, anything distributed by Exaclair, or anything with Clairfontaine paper. The fact that there is a white and silver cover available in addition to the classic black and orange makes me even happier. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have such an attractive pad that is a pleasure to use, and grateful that a wonderful company makes them. The No. 16 Ice is available on Amazon here (grid) and here (lined), or you can also check a list of online pen retailers that stock it here.
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