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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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  • Series: Classic Notebooks
  • Journal: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Moleskine; Ntb edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8883701127
  • ISBN-13: 978-8883701122
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (749 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. C. Davis on November 24, 2008
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I've been journaling ever since I was a pimply-faced teenager, and now I'm 31. In that time, I've used all varieties of notebooks, and filled them all. I came across the Moleskine brand a few years ago, and now I won't use anything else. The large ruled notebook is sturdy, of excellent construction, holds I think 265 pages, and the pages will not fall out. This notebook is best for writers and diarists.

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.
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I work on an ambulance, and I take this book with me everywhere. I jot down some of the calls that I go on. From the most mundane to the far out there. I fill up one of these books about every four months. (I've got a lot of thoughts to put on paper.)
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There's a lot of good to be said about the notebook, and Moleskine deserve credit for reviving this design which had nearly disappeared. The hard cover. . . the elastic band. . . the cloth bookmark. . . the ivory paper. . . the rounded corners. . . It's all good. I might quibble that the ruled lines are spaced a bit narrowly for my handwriting. It's good with a EF nib pen, and it fits a few more lines on each page, but it's a wee bit cramped compared with my normal handwriting.

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.)
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I am 32 years old at the time of this review, and I have been keeping a journal almost literally since I knew how to write. I have vivid memories of myself sprawled at the top of the stairs in my mom's old house, a little girl of no more than 6 or 7, scribbling away in my journal. I'm sure whatever I was scribbling at the time was half illegible and made no sense, but who cares.

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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