Review: Doane Paper

I think I first learned of Doane Paper from Brad Dowdy’s Flickr stream where Doane Paper was almost always the backdrop in the pen photos and what he used to write his pen reviews. But since I’m not a fan of grid paper it wasn’t until last year that I gave it a try. I’ve been using it since. The two writing tablet sizes along with the large Flap Jotter are standard for me. The written review is in the photo gallery along with writing samples. The large writing pad is the same paper as the smaller one, so I only did samples on the small pad.

The written review doesn’t make it clear that there are two “Flap Jotter” sizes, I use the larger of the two. The smaller pad does use the same paper.

I don’t mention drying times in the hand written review, but they are generally pretty good. Inks dry faster than on Rhodia but slower than on cheaper paper that absorbs the ink. I don’t have to be especially careful when writing (I’m a righty) but I tend to use thin nibs and quicker drying ink as a general rule. I do occasionally get careless and notice a smudge.

On to the written review and writing samples. Click any thumbnail to open the gallery.

Rhodia DotPad Quick Look

The Rhodia DotPad has become a mainstay on my desk. I use it for quick notes, doodles, lists and more. At first I thought the 80g paper was a little too slick and I put the pad aside. Finally I gave in to the near universal consensus that it was great fountain pen paper and pulled it out again. I’m glad I did because after using it awhile I came to like it. The paper is a little thin for my taste and I don’t think it would travel well in my bag so it stays inside.

The dots are just on one side of the paper although they do show through. This isn’t really a problem as I typically only use one side. There is also some show through with darker ink, but again not an issue for me. I’ve never experienced any bleed-through although I typically use extra-fine and fine nibs.

A review written on the Rhodia Dotpad, click the image to see it full size.

Picture of the Rhodia DotPad hand written review
Rhodia No. 16 DotPad hand written review