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Friday, January 22, 2010

Episode #09: Triple Torture Test

Due to the popularity of my Clairefontaine Triomphe Torture Test, I wanted to replicate the same test between the Moleskine Ruled Notebook, the (US) Rhodia Webnotebook, and (US) Quo Vadis Habana. I drip J. Herbin Êclat de Saphir ink onto all three to compare the feathering and bleedthrough. These are the large sizes of each notebook.


The best performing is the Quo Vadis Hababa. It has 90g, smooth Clairefontaine paper that holds up very well, similar to the Triomphe paper. There is no feathering at all, and just a hint of bleedthrough even with a puddle of ink sitting on it for 6 minutes. The next, very close performer is the Rhodia Webnotebook. The 'Webbie' has 90g Clairefontiane ivory paper, which performs similar to the Habana, but with just a bit more bleedthrough on the back of the paper where the ink puddle sits.


The Moleskine performs unspeakably poor. Not only does it feather worse than a rooster in heat, but it bleeds completely through not one, but 4 sheets of paper. The Moleskine paper is 72g, much thinner than the Habana or Webbie, but still. It's no wonder all I ever hear about Moleskines is how awful they are with fountain pens. You have to see this video for yourself in action. Don't worry, I time lapsed it! I wouldn't make you sit there for 6 minutes watching ink sit on paper. That would be about as exciting as a tree grow. 

Quo Vadis Habanas are available for $18.75 from The Goulet Pen Company.
Rhodia Webnotebooks are also available for $18.75 from The Goulet Pen Company.
Moleskine Ruled Notebooks are available for $17.95 from Barnes and Noble.

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9 comments:

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  2. Love the torture test. It really gives a good idea of how each manufacturers papers handle wet mediums. Thank you for doing this!

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  3. Just rolled over here from fpn... your torture test was quite informative. Thank you!

    SonyaSpiral

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  4. Love the torture test. It really gives a good idea of how each manufacturers papers handle wet mediums. Thank you for doing this!

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  6. I've been recording ink samples into my Moleskine, but after this review (and your other Moleskine comparisons), I am thinking I may need to start over.  I am already 20+ inks in and I just ordered 30 more from you.  I can personally attest to heavy feathering and bleed-through on my Moleskine.  Almost all of my q-tip swatches have bleed-through.   

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  7. You're welcome! This paper is made for fountain pens, so it's going to hold up really well to liquid ink.

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  8. Honest to goodness, my Moleskine has worse paper than the cheapest inkjet paper I could find at Wal-mart. Moleskine is my go-to paper to test the extreme end of feathering and bleedthrough with inks!

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