Episode #08: Habana vs. Webbie

I do a side-by-side comparison of the large US version Quo Vadis Habana and US version Rhodia Webnotebook. These journals are different than the versions you find outside of the US. The US versions have fantastic performing, smooth 90g Clairefontaine paper. The journals themselves are relatively similar in size, with the Habana being just a bit larger.

The Rhodia Webnotebook (also known as the Webbie) has ivory paper, with a very stiff leatherette cover. The Habana has white paper, with a semi-flexible leatherette cover. Because the two are so identical, I wanted to do a comparison between both notebooks, pointing out all the differences in detail.

All in all, both are great journals. Some key differences are in the paper color, the slightly different sizes, the ability to lay flat on a desk (the Habana is better at that), and the color selection of the covers. The Webbie is available in orange and black, and the Habana is available in black, blue, red, taupe, and several different Robert le héros designs. Check out the video and decide for yourself which of the two you prefer!

Quo Vadis Habanas are available for $18.75 from The Goulet Pen Company.
Rhodia Webnotebooks are available for $18.75 from The Goulet Pen Company as well!

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2017-10-06T17:57:09+00:00 January 18th, 2010|Paper Reviews|10 Comments
  • Dragan Todorovski

    best regards

  • Jeremy

    I would have gone Webbie…….before this review!!
    Good one Brian.

  • Ink Nouveau

    Thank you. I really wasn't trying to downplay the Webbie, it's a great little notebook. It's just my personal opinion that I prefer the Habana.

  • Marek Badzynski

    Brian,
    thank you! I did not think a paper torture test can be so entertaining… kudos for documenting this test so well, the videos are full of useful information that I could not find elsewhere as a whole; they bring a balanced point across and are a pleasure to watch.
    my best regards to you

  • I just got my first webbie, and I feel terrible because I'm not sure I'll ever use it, I much prefer the Habana. It's larger size makes if more comfortable for my hand to rest on, and it lays flat no matter what page it's opened to.

    James

  • I just got my first webbie, and I feel terrible because I'm not sure I'll ever use it, I much prefer the Habana. It's larger size makes if more comfortable for my hand to rest on, and it lays flat no matter what page it's opened to.

    James

  • Ink Nouveau

    Thank you. I really wasn't trying to downplay the Webbie, it's a great little notebook. It's just my personal opinion that I prefer the Habana.

  • Dragan Todorovski

    best regards

  • sharkync

    Nice review Brian. I was wondering if either had perforated pages?

  • No, unfortunately. The only journals I know with any perforated pages are Leuchtturm1917, but there could be others.