In this video, I give an overview of the Quo Vadis Habana, including the various sizes, colors, features, and fountain pen performance. The Habana is one of the most popular journals around for avid fountain pen users, because it lays flat on a table from the very first page, and its 90g Clairefontaine paper outperforms all other comparable journals.
Similar to the Rhodia Webnotebook, the Habanas are different outside the US than within the US. The non-US versions are 80g non-Clairefontaine paper, which does not perform particularly well with fountain pen ink. The 90g US version with the Clairefontaine paper is truly an impressive journal that is sure to please. They are available in 4 different colors: black, blue, red, and taupe (brown). There are also Habanas that have a cover design called Robert le héros, which are identical in every way to the Habanas except for the design.
There are two different sizes of Habanas, a 6 1/4″ x 9 1/4″, and a 4″ x 6 3/8″. The larger one has the great 90g paper and an 8mm ruling, but the smaller one has a narrower 5mm ruling and only 64g paper. This is in order to keep the smaller notebook thin. Despite the thin paper, it still performs surprisingly well. It does allow for more show-through or ‘echo’ as I like to call it, but doesn’t feather or bleedthrough at all.
Note: This video was made before Quo Vadis changed their paper from bright white 90g to ivory 85g back in early 2011. But as of 2019, the bright white 90g paper is finally making a comeback in the form of dot grid ruling!
A selection of Quo Vadis Habanas are available at The Goulet Pen Company.