Yellow Rhodia Paper.

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The good folks at Rhodia Drive were kind enough to include me on a list of folks to provide feedback about the yellow Rhodia pad.

Shameful admission: I did not even know it existed.

Early conclusion: This is the nicest yellow paper I have ever written on!
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Despite the reviews on this site for less-than-cheap papers, I actually like legal pads for the yellow paper and the format. Problem is, the paper often has a combination of too much tooth (soft pencils get eaten) and too much dye (lighter pencils don’t show up). As a result, I usually resort to white paper legal pads, even though I’m not sure they are still technically legal pads.

I have used the No. 19 lined pads of white and yellow paper for podcast notes over the last two weeks, to really get a feel. Backtracking: the Cold Horizon from Field Notes was, I think, a lovely notebook. But I hated the paper for pencil. The subtle dye in the pages repelled graphite enough that a quarter of mine are filled with…INK.* I tested the yellow Rhodia pad a lot before concluding anything because I was suspicious that my first impressions could not be true, that this dyed paper performed just like it’s bright-white counterpart.
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But it does. I have never used yellow paper like this, and I will be a repeat user of this book for sure. I’d mention the smoothness of the paper and the solid construction of the Rhodia pads themselves. But, well, we all know this already. I really like the No. 19, coming in at 8.25 X 12.5 inches, with perfectly spaced lines, generous margins and printing on both sides.

My only qualm, and it is minor, is that the orange of the cover clashes with the yellow, chromatically. I understand that this orange is part of the Rhodia identity. But maybe using their black covers would be workable. Or, better yet: white covers with black printing? (Swoon.)

Thanks to Stephanie and Karen for the great notebooks to review, and definitely pick one of these up if you are even a remote fan of yellow paper.

*[Don't tell anyone.]

7 Responses to “Yellow Rhodia Paper.”

  1. dobro says:

    For first drafts legal pads are tough to beat. Plenty of wide-open space over which to wander. What I really want is a legal pad with a sturdy back that you can use in your lap while seated on a comfortable chair.

  2. Alejandro says:

    Rhodia and Clairefontaine are the best. I was surprised they are as good for graphite as they are for ink.

    dobro, if you want something a little more economical than the Rhodia, however, Topps Dockets Gold sells for $20/dozen on Amazon. They have sturdy backs.

  3. Tim Wasem says:

    Great review, Johnny. I’m dying to get my hands on one of these pads. I’m an Office Depot legal pad junky at the moment (guilty pleasure).

  4. Peter says:

    If you haven’t tried Comet Knee Pads, you should. I have not found a better yellow legal pad yet! I look forward to giving the Rhodia a try. http://www.lawpapers.com/home/law/smartlist_9/knee_pads.html

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