Α5 Notepad Comparison: Rhodia vs Franklin Christoph

 

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Rhodia

The classic notepad from Rhodia is well made and its construction stands out from the average. It uses white paper (80gr / m2) from Clairefontaine, contains 80 sheets (160 pages) and is stitched on top, but with visible metal pins. The exact dimensions of the block  are 21cm length and 14,8cm width.

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Each page is perforated at the top for easy cut. The lines have a clearance of 0,7 cm, while the left side of each page has a 3,05cm width margin. The color of the marking is blue / purple. The back cover is made of cardboard, to facilitate –as much as possible- using it standing. Also the cover is specially engraved for easy folding.

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It can be found with two different covers (orange and black) and three types of marking: lined, dotpad and white.

It costs about 3.5 € and is available in several department stores and bookstores in Athens, and other major cities.

Franklin-Christoph

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The Franklin Christoph notepad, is the result of many years of research for the ideal paper. It uses custom white paper (90gr / m2). It has 80 sheets (160 pages) and is stitched on top, but without visible metal pins. The exact dimensions of the pad are 21,4cm length and 14,85cm width.

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Each page has a perforation for easy cut (the same as  Rhodia, in which are invisible) and the line spacing is 0.6 cm. The color of the lines is dark gray, while the top and the bottom ones have a purple color. The page has no margin on the side.

The paper is made from sugar cane and is made with first priority the following characteristics: be soft and absorbent, but without allowing feathering and bleed through.

The covers color is burgundy and has engraved the emblem of the company, which resembles a Celtic knot. It is engraved on the top for easy folding. The back cover is made of hard cardboard. It is available in three different markings: ruled, graph, dot.

It costs $ 9 and is available from the website of the manufacturer and the collaborating with him online stores in the US.

Conclusion

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Regardless of the external dimensions of the notebook, the Franklin Christoph sheet is longer and has more space available. None of the two shows any of the usual problems.

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No feathering, while the minimum show through of Rhodia is mainly due to the combination of B nib with the rich ink and does not affect the use of the sheet on both pages.

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The Rhodia pad is smoothest, thereby showing some -very rarely, to be honest- skipping. I would say that it has more pleasant feeling

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The F-C pad is more absorbent, thereby it dries faster. The denser hatch makes it more difficult to use, especially with wider nibs.

In conclusion, I believe that the ease of obtaining and the much lower price gives a clear advantage to Rhodia.

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