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Pay A Lot of Money for "Made in China"
on January 17, 2007
These notebooks are famous because a lot of famous people used them. I guess that 90 years ago, these kinds of notebooks were the only reliable notebooks compared to the foolscap that most people wrote on for everyday stuff. The notebook itself is unspectacular - you get some number of ivory pages, narrow-ruled, acid-free paper (you can get this almsot anywhere) and a moleskine cover, which just seems like vinyl in texture and thickness. The notebook is glued on the binding, which means it won't lie flat when you open it unless you force the spine and it has a flimsy elastic band to keep it closed.
Note that this is designed in Italy, but made in China...you can get any number of other sketch or notebooks that have equal quality and cost less than this. A cheaper notebook might not be designed in Italy, but you can at least have acid-free paper and a few extra dollars in your pocket.
However, if you enjoy paying for the Moleskin name so you can be seen at Starbuck's trendily eschewing the laptop for primitive technology ("I'm OLD school...a REAL writer!"), then you'll want a case of these.