Biffybeans, and Kooky Chick both did in depth reviews of the two Rhodia Webnotebook sizes, Biffybean's covering the larger 5.5" x 8.25" size, and Kooky Chick the smaller 3.5" x 5.5" version.
If you aren't a member of the Fountain Pen Network you might not be aware that the right journal, coupled with the proper ink in a favourite pen is like a search for buried treasure. And if you are a fountain pen user, check out the forum and read all the comments coming in on the new, improved Rhodia Webnotebook here.
So what I can add?
I use a wider nib than some and tested the journal with a variety of nibs, top to bottom, three of which run on the very wide side:
- Lamy Safari, 1.1. nib, Mont Blanc Burgundy Ink
- Pentel Slicci .40mm nib, Brown gel ink
- Sharpie with a fine point, close to .40mm, black ink
- Pelikan 100, medium nib, J. Herbin Lie de The ink
- Sailor Sapporo, Music nib, Sailor Jentle black ink
- Pelikan m215, BB nib, Noodler's Violet Vote
- Sailor m1911, Zoom nib, Sailor Nano Carbon ink
The good, the bad and my own preferences:
The excellent Clairefontaine 90g paper in an off-white is smashing and among my favourites. The construction is excellent but as Biffybean noted in her review, the stitching is tight and hence the journal I have does not lay flat. The line width is compatible with my larger handwriting, but I would prefer an unlined or even a graph version.
Generally I use a larger journal, more on the size of a 5.5" x 8.5" and it is difficult for me to write in a journal half the size as a daily user. I am afraid it will get less use than it deserves. However, it may be a good substitute for another journal I've been using for project notes which I've nearly finished, and as this size is not cumbersome to carry in a bag or even a pocket, it can be a second but loved fiddle.
Not particularly keen on logos, I think Rhodia would have done better to restrict theirs to the front and/or back covers. I advocate less is more!
Speaking of covers, I like the feel and look of the cover--it has a more classy look than most journals and is sensually appealing.
Overall, I think Rhodia has a winner and that many journal users will find the Webnotebook their grail. As a reviewer I give the Rhodia Webnotebook an A; as a user I'll give the journal a B+.
Check the Exaclair, Rhodia Drive and Quo Vadis sites periodically for updates on availability and pricing.
And I suggest you encourage your brick and mortar, or online vendor to get you one as soon as they land in the States. I suspect they will sell out fast!