Of course it was.
Somewhere along the way I forgot that I hadn't done this review yet. So the spread was a little thinner than expected, lol. I apologize to Exaclair for taking so long, and to you for making you wait to find out about this nifty writing pad.
Size: A4/8.3 x 11.7 inches (also comes in A5)
No of sheets: 50
Format: Lined, 8 mm (5/16 inch) (also comes in a blank version)
Paper: Color-White, Weight-90g, acid-free, pH neutral, archival, environmentally harvested
Binding: Top-bound, glue
Look & Feel
The Clairefontaine Triomphe Writing Notepad has a clean, crisp look with gold and light blue on a field of white. When I first looked at it, the word that came to mind was 'Champagne'. Not because of color. It was just the impression of quiet elegance it gave me.
The lines are fairly narrow (8 mm) and in a purple-gray color. Personally, I like my lines a bit lighter, especially since I tend to use the paper for drawing. These are light enough though. I didn't find them distracting, and you don't notice them too much in the drawings unless you are looking for them.
The inside of the cover is this beautiful blue, matching the logo and writing on the front. It's another touch of elegance that sort of makes you go, ahhhh, when you flip the cover up. The cover isn't very thick and might be subject to creasing, though it's flexible enough that you would have to bend it harshly to do that.
There is a creased line at the top that allows you to flip the cover back and keep it back without strain. The edges look frayed in this scan because it is so close up. In real life, you hardly notice it.
The sheets are not perforated but tear away easily from the glued binding. They aren't likely to work free though. I held the notepad by the bottom of one sheet and bounced the pad with no separation of the sheet.
I also wondered if the cover might pop free from the glued binding. I actually worried at it enough to make the cover come loose slightly at one corner. But when I pressed it back down, the seal recovered to the point where it was no longer loose. It's good glue. Humidity and temperature may be factors, so I don't recommend trying this experiment on your pad, lol.
I had no trouble with feathering or bleeding, even with my dots of saturated ink where I add wet ink to still wet ink. There was no show-through except where I held it up to the light and no bleed-through to the back.
Drawing Example-Kuretake Clean Color Brush Pen
Whether you want something with a soupçon of elegance to grace your office desk or a writing tablet that will handle any pen you use, the Clairefontaine Triomphe Writing Notepad is up to the task. It's eye-catching without being flashy, sturdy, and fountain pen friendly.
If weight is an issue for you, it may be a little heavy for carrying around.
It does have a longer drying time and the paper is smooth to the point of being slick. If you tend to drag your hand over your writing or drawing or simply prefer a paper with tooth this won't be your notepad of choice.
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I received this Clairefontaine Triomphe writing pad from Exaclair, Inc. but I was not asked to review it, and I received no other recompense for any reason. All opinions expressed are my own.
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