Continuing my reviews of the Exaclair samples, we'll take a look at a nice compact doodle pad. The smooth grid pages of the Rhodia Pad No. 11 readily accept the black ink from my favorite Uni-ball Signo DX 0.38 mm gel pen and the waterproof India ink from the Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen. The No. 11 pad measures roughly 3" X 4", so it fits easily on any pocket. I really like how neatly its scored cover folds back behind the sturdy chipboard support while in use. Its signature orange cover make it really easy-to-spot within black messenger bags or a black sketching backpack.
Managed to get a couple of dozens of mini sketches done while waiting for over 4 hours at a hospital. The perforated pages can be removed quite easily from the pad, so all the mini sketches came off cleanly without ripped edges.
For instances where a regular sketching backpack would prove too cumbersome and impractical, the Rhodia pad 11 and a reliable black gel pen can satisfy the need to doodle and sketch quite efficiently.
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