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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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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 cover is durable, doesn't get scratched easily, and Ive never had on tear on me. I love that the paper is tan rather than white, I don't tend to get eyestrain even after extended periods of drawing or writing. My only concern is that I would have the paper be slightly heavier, it can bleed through slightly on occasion. The extra large size is perfect for my needs, just small enough to not be unwieldy, though I would prefer that one was made this size, with twice as many pages.
I tend not to use the back pouch often, more because I forget Ive put things there than for any lack of functionality. But I love the bookmark (very useful for marking pages with important reminders) and elastic closure.
As my husband likes to tell me, $13 IS pricey for a notebook, but this notebook is pretty much my life, and they tend to last me a good 4-6 months before I run out pages, so I feel that I'm getting sufficient value for the money.
I do not recommend this to people who only occasionally jot things down, but I think anyone who finds themselves in daily need of a note or sketchbook will be well pleased,
Unfortunately, a year or two ago Moleskine switched manufacturers and now uses different paper in all of their products. The art-based products have suffered especially, as they no longer make the cardstock-ish paper available. It's either super floppy or super rigid and textured. They're still good, but they're not what they used to be. A good amount of my review below still stands, though!
Moleskine notebooks are some of the highest quality notebooks you can get. A lot of artists and writers will tell you that you do not need to spend this amount of money on a notebook or sketchbook. While that may be true, what you get for the price is actually very, very worth it.
Moleskines can come in a variety of different sizes and with different page types. My favorites are Plain and Squared, which both work really well for sketching and designing. Writers would prefer the ruled versions.
These books have a faux leather cover with a beautiful texture, and a nice elastic band to keep your notebook shut. Each notebook features a folder in the back which you can keep reference images, notes and more in. The paper quality is very nice. In this particular notebook, it's a thinner paper but still holds both pencil and ink very, very well. Some markers also work just fine, but make sure to put something underneath to avoid bleeding to the next page!
I touched earlier on price, and here's where it all comes together: These notebooks are QUALITY. They're put together nicely, they feel nice in your hands, they're predictable and dependable. You feel good about using this to create, hands down. I'd rather put my money down on something I'll feel good using rather than a sketchbook I'd see and might think "Ughh, this old thing."