The Rhodia No. 11 Pad is one of those items that has become so ubiquitous in my desk drawers, it is astonishing that I have not reviewed it before. This is even more astonishing when you consider that this same paper pad has made an appearance in most of my pen reviews. (The Rhodia pad first appeared in my review of the Uni-ball Fusion, a pen that ultimately proved disappointing; luckily, the pad did not disappoint.)
|Rhodia No. 11 Pad posing with a Stabilo Bionic pen.|
|The clever cover scoring in action.|
|The back cover. Ignore the gluey remnants of a price tag that I was unable to remove cleanly.|
|Curiously, this photo makes the lines appear pale blue. In fact, they are darker and violet.|
|The writing sample, front (left) and back (right). Click to see larger.|
The most annoying thing that I have found is that the cover, once folded back, never returns again to a perfectly flat position:
To solve this, I use a wide elastic band to hold the cover down and prevent the pages from flapping about:
This looks kind of ugly so I wonder if some sort of closure could be invented that would keep the cover closed? But then again, any addition would likely detract from the classic simplicity that is embodied in the Rhodia No. 11 Pad, so perhaps it is better left just as it is....
Finally, happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians!
Related reviews: Gourmet Pens, Pens 'n' Paper.