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Moleskine Classic Notebook, Extra Large, Plain, Black, Soft Cover (7.5" x 9.75") (Classic Notebooks) Journal – February 1, 2008
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Having stated this negative, it is the only one I have for this book. It has a soft cover, is plain and unobtrusive looking, and it comes with all the "accessories" I want in a journal: a ribbon bookmark, an attached elastic band to keep it closed, and a folder in the back to put extras in. It also has a good number of pages, and most important for me, comes in this unlined version.
So the book has thin pages but comes closer to perfection than any other notebook I've found. I think with some of us though, the very particular ones, the only way to obtain our idea of a perfect journal would be to make it ourselves. For those in this same demographic that are too lazy to do so, this Moleskine, for me at least, comes close enough.
However, I have to agree with another reviewer that the paper is very thin, so it is not practical to write on both the front and the back of a given sheet. Fountain pen ink and some kinds of gel ink show through strongly on the back of the page. Standard ballpoint does not show through (or only a little), but leaves imprinted tracks. I suppose one could paste clippings or photos on the back sides of the unused pages.
All things said, I plan to buy this notebook again when my present one is filled up. The solid construction and unobtrusive appearance have won me over. With less "inky" writing implements it is just fine.
Like many others have said, it is the perfect size. However, the pages are thinner than regular printer paper. This should not even be advertised as a sketch book. The paper is not even remotely art quality. I'm not one to write reviews, and I wont be returning it because I should have taken the time to more carefully read through the reviews, but I want to stop others from making the same mistake I did. I've ordered smaller moleskine sketchbooks before and didn't have the same issue with paper quality.
> The larger format of this notebook is akin to a composition notebook. It opens wide, so there's no issue trying to fill the page end to end, or top to bottom.
> It doesn't feel too large (it doesn't look awkward when you open this out at a corporate meeting. In fact, I've been seeing more people bringing regular size notebooks to meetings lately.
> It still has the class and essential simplicity of Moleskine.
> What it lacks, really is slightly thicker paper, as other reviewers have noted. I use a fine nib fountain pen, and have begun writing on both sides without any issues. With a roller ball or gel tip, I can only use one side of a page. Of course, with pencil I have no issues except for the smudging.
> The number of pages is just right... it lasts me about 3 months, so it looks presentable at the end as it did when I opened it. However if you want the ragged Moleskine look, since this is a soft side notebook, the pages will dog ear a bit if you carry it around loosely in a backpack.
> Last, it's too big to stuff in your back pocket.
Overall, love it, and I think I've found my new favorite Moleskine!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pen will show though the other side of the page, but other than that I have absolutely no issues.
5 stars cause I use pencils anyways.
I've been a fan of Moleskine for years, but this is not remotely worth the amount of money they're charging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Adams
The perfect journal. I'm on my 3rd one. 8x10, unlined, pocket in back, durable black pleather cover, permanent book tassel, parchment paper....it's all there...it's all good!Published 1 month ago by vanessairvin93
This is a bit pricy, but it is certainly worth the extra coin. The notebook is perfectly shaped, and has a nice pocket built into the back cover. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chauncey
Just what I needed. I use it for drawings and the paper is great for different ink type mediums. Haven't tried watercolor but my Sakura pens, Copic and prisma pencils. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have always loved Moleskine notebooks -great quality notebooks. This arrived quickly, just as described. Very pleased with my purchase.Published 3 months ago by E. Mohry
I gave the Moleskine Classic Notebook five stars because it is one of my all time notebooks.The cover is firm but yet soft enough to flex and bend but does not lose its original... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Colton Keeton