|Rhodia Pencil posing with Rhodia dotPad. The orange is even brighter in real life.|
The Rhodia Pencil is triangular, rather than round or hexagonal. I find it a comfortable shape, once I get it aligned just right in my hand. The matte finish has a very smooth, almost slippery feel to it. Sadly, the finish itself is not that good. I can see several dark streaks in the orange paint, and the Rhodia logo (stamped on all three sides of the pencil) is not as crisp as it could be. Although these details are not going to affect the performance of the pencil, they still disappoint me a bit, because I do expect quality products from Rhodia. The pencil is also not marked with its grade. These pencils only come in HB, but I might forget that. Or someone else who doesn't know anything about Rhodia might find this pencil and want to know what it is.
The Rhodia Pencil seems a touch softer than the other HB pencils I have used (although I haven't used that many), or maybe it's just the smoothness of the lead that makes me think that the the lead is softer. The lead is also relatively dark, which I like. It also doesn't seem to hold a point as well as the other pencils that I have reviewed, but, again, maybe it's just the smoother lead that is giving me that impression. I like the way it feels on the page, but I'm not sure that I'd want to use it for a lot of writing. I think I'd be more comfortable using this as a sketching pencil. Or maybe I just need more time to get used to writing with it.
The eraser and ferrule are fairly basic, except that they are, of course, black. The eraser is... okay, I guess, for minor erasing. I don't like the feel it has on the page, but since I almost always carry a separate eraser with me, I won't need to use it very often. The edge of the ferrule where it meets the pencil is a bit rough (it looks almost like the black paint is flaking off the edge), but this is such a tiny detail that it would probably be unnoticeable to anyone but an obsessive stationery nerd like myself. The best part: both eraser and ferrule feel very secure and in no danger in coming off of the pencil.
|Love that black wood and the way it blends into the lead of the pencil.|
Overall, I would say that the Rhodia Pencil is a good, but not great pencil. I love the colours and design, but some of the small details could be improved. It writes well, but I'm not sure that it is the pencil for me. You, however, might love it. It is definitely worth a try if you want to expand your wooden pencil collection.
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