You might remember the recent post offering to send paper samples to people so they could compare the 90g paper in the Rhodia Webnotebooks with the 85g paper in the Habana notebooks. Karen kindly sent me samples so I could compare them for myself.
First, some background:
The Rhodia Webnotebooks come in A5 or A6 sizes. They have 90g ivory paper. I measure the ruling in the A6 (pocket) size notebook at 6mm and in the A5 (desk size) at 7mm.
The Quo Vadis Habana notebooks come in Pocket size, Compact (slightly larger than A5) and A4 size (letter size). They have 85g ivory paper with 5.5mm ruling.
Below are some comparison photos.
In this first photo, you can see the 90g paper in the Rhodia A5 and A6 Webnotebooks at the left, and the 85g paper in the Habana notebooks at the right. The Rhodia paper is just slightly darker ivory.
Below I’ve shown the Rhodia and Habana papers with Moleskine (blank) and Leuchtturm (dotted) paper which you might already be familiar with, so you can compare the paper colors.
Now comes the pen test trials! I don’t have fountain pens, but I used three pens that are notorious for showing through certain types of paper: a Sharpie pen, and Signo RT pens in blue and red. Below you can see the results.
On the 85g Habana paper, the inks look crisp and there is no show-through.
On the 90g Rhodia paper, there is also no show through.
On the Leuchtturm paper (which is 80g), there is show through on the back of the page.
The Moleskine paper has the most show-through of the four, but it is only 70g.
What is your paper preference?