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Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks) Journal – January 1, 2008
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This basic yet classic Large Ruled notebook is one of the best selling Moleskine notebooks. This reliable travel companion perfect for writings thoughts and passing notes has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners acid free paper a bookmark an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history.
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I wouldn't use this book for school because, first of all, it is expensive. Second of all, it's a bit of overkill. I doubt you'll take a class in which you'll have time to fill up this notebook. You'll be more organized in a class if you buy a simple lab book or composition book to take notes in for each class.
I know a lot of people who try to write in jounals. They buy them with the best intentions, write a couple of pages, and then seem to forget about them and eventually buy ANOTHER journal, in which they will write a few pages and forget about. The key is just to keep the SAME journal, to keep in it in the same safe place, and to write in it whenever you feel like it, even if months go by without you touching it. If someone buys you another journal, fill up the first one first, and then move on to the new one. You can learn from my experience and start with the best, which is Moleskine. Otherwise . . . do whatever you want. The main thing is just to have something to write in.
I've also used all variety of pens. My choice is the Pilot Precise V5. Every now and then you'll get a bum one, that you've just got to throw away because it's not writing smoothly or properly. But, for the most part, these are the best choice for journaling and writing. They are fine point. They last longer than gel ink. They require no pressure whatsoever to be placed on the tip, as ball-point pens do, and they don't smear.
What really ruins it for me is the paper quality. I've heard it varies from one batch to the next, and it sure seems like I got one of the bad ones. I found many combinations of fountain pens and ink are prone to ugly feathering and bleeding in it. With many of them it's impractical to write on both sides of the sheet, which basically cuts the notebook in half from what it should be. TO BE FAIR, I found I could tame it by choosing the right ink (Noodlers Black) and using a not-too-wet fountain pen. Indeed, I would be willing to take this extra effort to adapt to this notebook's quirks if there were no better alternatives out there.
Recently, though, other companies such as Quo Vadis and Rhodia have come up with their own moleskine-style notebooks featuring high-quality paper. They cost a bit more, but I figure this type of notebook is a premium product to begin with. In the future I'll give Moleskine a miss and spend a little more for a better notebook. (Being able to write with confidence on both sides of the page means I could actually come out ahead on cost too.)
Over the past 25+ years as a diarist, I've tried just about every type of diary and journal there is, from kitschy one-year diaries with locks to plain old spiral or composition notebooks to elegant, beautiful blank hardbound books with fancy designs on them. After all these years, I have definitely concluded that a Moleskine-type notebook is best for journaling.
What do I mean by "Moleskine-type" notebook? Simple. I mean a hardbound notebook of a convenient size (the Moleskine "large" is perfect in my opinion at about 5x8 -- it's small enough to throw in my purse, yet not annoyingly tiny.) I mean a notebook with an inner pocket so I can store odds and ends. I mean it has a ribbon marker so I can find my place easily, and an elastic band closure so the pages don't get messed up when I'm traveling around. I mean it lies flat when it's open so I can write easily. I mean it's durable as hell no matter how much I throw it around, and has acid-free, archival quality paper.
This type of notebook is incredibly functional for journaling. It's not overly fussy, and it actually lasts a lot better over the years than some of those "fancy" ones I've used in the past. I have leather-bound journals I used in college 10 years ago that I thought were a quality investment. Guess what? They're falling apart now, while my Moleskines of a similar age still look practically new.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Very professional and nice, but way over-priced considering that Foray makes a basically identical product for half the price.Published 1 day ago by Rusty504
This is a notebook that has stood the test of time. I love all the notebooks from Moleskine. The quality of the paper is solid and the hardcover is sturdy and withstands the day to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Steggy18
love these notebooks! Love the pocket in the back! They're expensive but I like them so much I suck it up.Published 4 days ago by islandGirl
For most regular pens I think it works great. Before I got into fountain pens I used a Pilot Vball extra fine point with it and it was great.Published 5 days ago by Kriswee Riartmg
The very definition of classic. No big changes but subtle refinements. You get what you pay for certainly in this case.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am an obsessive journaler. I write nearly every day. And this journal is beautiful to write in. I can find anything wrong except a lack of colors for the front, which really... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Patrick Partain