I’d like to announce some (fairly) big news: I’m now partnered with Massdrop to bring you more items for review!
First off: I’ve been given a link to a starter bundle that you can take a look at. The starter kit includes an A5 Rhodia Webnotebook and a Pilot Metropolitan, along with ink cartridges and a converter. This isn’t just a good bundle for a beginner; even if you’ve long been steeped in the fountain pen community, an extra notebook and pen could never hurt.
Rhodia is a European manufacturer of paper products. They’ve been around for a good, long while, and not without reason: their Rhodia Webnotebooks were all the rage for fountain pen users a couple of years ago. While I think they’ve likely ceded a little ground to Japanese manufacturers now that they’re easier to get your hands on, Rhodia is still easy to find in your local arts and crafts or bookstore.
I think I got my first Webbie way back in 2015 or so, when I was lucky enough to receive a giveaway package. They’re stuffed with thick, ivory paper that feels great to write on, and are very fountain pen friendly. While I received the pocket size (closer to A6), the paper in all the Webbies is the same. I think I ended up using my pocket Webbie within three months writing journal entries almost every day.
Of course, everyone knows about the Pilot Metropolitan, too. They’re incredibly ubiquitous, thanks to their inexpensive price, good looks, and nice build quality. I own two of them myself (although one of them is, ostensibly, for my mom). Regardless, they’re a great throw-around pen: the price tag shouldn’t fool you, as the nibs write smoothly with no effort on your part.
I don’t make a single penny if you use the link I provide to catch a glimpse of this package. I wanted to provide more details on the particulars of this partnership.
I insist on receiving sponsorship items on loan only: when I’m done with my review, it goes straight back to Massdrop. In the case that a loan isn’t possible, I will ask for samples of a product rather than an entire item. I feel like this is only fair for you, a person who reads these reviews. I don’t think it’s right for me to receive hundreds of dollars worth of review items for nothing on my part other than having fun with it and typing up a couple hundred words.
If you have any questions on my policy for Winter Sharks, please feel free to ask them.