I don’t think I will ever find a notebook I’m totally happy with. But this Moleskine is certainly the closest thing I’ve come to so far. I have bought many notebooks over the last two years and there is two things I’ve learned. I don’t like ring bound notebooks (which this obviously isn’t) and I prefer thin paper.
The paper was actually the thing that made me love this notebook so much. It’s very thin but I can still use my favorite pens (even the Staedtler fineliner) without any bleed through. There is some slight shadowing, especially with the LAMY fountain pen but I don’t mind that. I was even able to practice my hand lettering using watercolour paints and various inks. The paper is definitely not made for this but it was still useable.
Part of the reason I love this paper (and I didn’t realise this till I started using another notebook) was the line spacing. My handwriting tends to be quite small and in certain notebooks – especially the ones from Paperchase – there is quite a large margin between lines. This means I only use a very small amount of the full space on the page. I could cut each margin in half and still have more than enough space to write. In the Moleskine there is a 6mm space between line, I know it’s a silly little thing, but it turns out to be a very important thing.
The only downside of the Moleskine notebooks is the price. I think I paid £17 for mine. And to be fair I did get the limited Hobbit edition which looks pretty cool with Smaug on the cover and has some drawings from The Hobbit inside. But I still don’t think it’s worth the price. Especially because it got beat up pretty easily, I mean I did take it everywhere with me for 4 months but I still didn’t think the quality was the best. If anyone knows of a cheaper notebook similar to the Moleskine please leave it in the comments.