RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
MD: Hello Rhodia Drive! I’m Mike Dudek and I live in the Phoenix, AZ area with my wife and kids. For my day job, I work as a small business marketing strategist, but I’m most widely known in the pen/stationery community for my blog The Clicky Post as well as my Dudek Modern Goods brand where I create handmade walnut pen stands.
I’ve been doing both for about 3 years now and can be found in the following places:
Online Store: dudekmoderngoods.com
RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?
MD: My first experience with Rhodia happened when I visited a local pen shop, Scottsdale Pen Company, and bought a Lamy Vista fountain pen and needed some decent paper to go with it. Jay at the shop made the recommendation of some Rhodia and it has been my go-to, everyday fountain pen paper ever since!
RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?
MD: I find myself reaching for the smaller, No. 16 A5 dotPads most often as it is enough space to take notes (or make a quick message), but isn’t too large that I end up with a lot of extra page. The dot grid pattern allows for just enough guidance without being overly distracting.
The A5 Rhodia Ice pads come in a close second…
RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your work?
MD: For my “job-job”, not so much other than taking down notes or details from a client meeting.
For The Clicky Post, generally whenever I am posting a review of a fountain pen you’ll see some sort of Rhodia pad included.
RD: Does using Rhodia products make your job easier in any way? (Do quality tools make the job easier?)
MD: There aren’t many paper brands that get it right when it comes to fountain pens. Rhodia does and sets a standard for excellence in my opinion, and I hold other papers in contrast to that experience.
Maybe “easier” isn’t the correct term in this case, but certainly more enjoyable. The way Rhodia pads allow the ink from your pen to float on the page provides some of the best representations of how your fountain pen writing should look on paper.
RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?
MD: There is always a pretty solid mix in the rotation from your HB pencils all the way up to a Montblanc fountain pen.
Some of my favorite products:
– Caran d’Ache Swiss Wood
– Palomino Blackwing 602
– Tombow Mono 100
“Regular” Pens –
– Pentel Energel
– Pilot Precise V5
– Papermate Flair
Fountain Pens –
– Pilot Vanishing Point
– Sailor Pro Gear
– Karas Kustoms Fountain K
RD: Where do you regularly purchase Rhodia products?
MD: I generally purchase my Rhodia products online nowadays from online retailers like JetPens. Although, whenever I pop in to see Jay at Scottsdale Pen Company when I have the time I pick up a pad or two so I can stay stocked.
RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product?
MD: If I had some product recommendations, perhaps some soft bound leatherette style books about the size of the Webnotebooks with an elastic strap. I like the Webnotebooks, but would prefer a softer, more flexible journal with a more durable cover than the thicker cardstock.
And perhaps a dotPad in the Ice series?
Thanks for letting me share some thoughts! I love using and recommending Rhodia products.
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