The new Rhodia blank Webbies are finally out there! Though they aren’t available yet in the US (they will be VERY soon), I was able to get my hands on one thanks to a loyal customer of mine, Isabel Vélez in Spain. She had access to them before me (crazy right?) and thought it would be neat for me to get one and do a review of it before anyone else, so here it is! Okay, so this isn’t a formal review, more of just a preview. I got word that the blank Webbies are now in the US, and retailers should start getting them in the next week or two. I’ve placed an order for mine and I’m expecting them next week. Once I get all the colors and sizes in, I’ll do an ‘official’ review.
The overall size, color, and shape is exactly the same as the ruled ones, with the ribbon marker, back pocket, and elastic strap.
The paper is 96 sheets of the same off-white, 90g Clairefontaine paper that the Webbie is known for. Same color paper, but with no logo, and no lines. It is exactly what you’d expect, blank pages.
The biggest difference that you’ll notice when you actually go to use it is the binding. There has been word about Clairefontaine changing the binding on the Webbies to help it lay flat better like the famed Quo Vadis Habana, but this is the first I’ve seen of it, in the new blank ones. The binding change is like night and day! The new one lays flat MUUUUCH better. Just look at the comparison of the two, just opening up to the middle, with no work on my part to ‘break it in’:
The ‘old’ binding is on top, the ‘new’ binding is on the bottom:
All in all, I’m excited about the new Webbies! There has been a lot of buzz about them, and in my opinion, they are just as good as I’d thought they’d be. The lined Webbies are rumored to change to the new binding (and get rid of the Rhodia logo on the bottom of each page) pretty soon, I’m inclined to think VERY soon now that the new binding is here in the blank Webbies. I’ll let you know when that happens.
In the meantime, the blank Webbies will be retailing for the same price as the ruled Webbies, list price $20 for the large (in black or orange covers), and $15 for the small (black or orange covers).