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Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks) Hardcover – August 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Just search Google for Moleskine paper quality and you will see a moutain of complaints about bleed through and show through. I wish I had before I bought this Moleskine. Will not be buying again.
Oh, and don't buy it into the marketing suggesting connections with Chatwin, Picasso, Van Gough and Hemingway. It's all manufactured by Moleskine.[...]
This large notebook opens flat, the binding doesn't break, the covers are tough without being too heavy (for carrying), the elastic closure and page marker are very handy, especially the elastic. The weight of the paper is nice and its quality is wonderful: absolutely uniform. The pages feel good in your hand; writing on them is smooth and even - effortless. The size is just right, enough pages but still very compact. (The cahiers are perfect for your pocket.) Very tough and well-made. Just a joy to use. The Moleskines are a bit more expensive than cheaper options; but they are well worth it -- for anything that you intend to retain for a long time (why else write a journal?)
The feel, the sense of perfection, the knowledge of picking up and using the PERFECT TOOL for the job are intangibles that quietly enrich life. (Not to mention the feeling of touching history.) It's like the the perfect chef's knife in the kitchen or a perfectly-balanced razor-sharp chisel effortlessly peeling away wood. They are beautifully, simply elegant in their perfection.
Perfect comes up a lot in this review. There it is!
If you're a ballpoint user, this notebook is great. If, like me, you prefer a fountain pen, I recommend Clairefontaine or Exacompta journals -- Clairefontaine even make one with unruled pages.
One little (possible) difference worth mentioning is that I've had the ruled Moleskines AND the blanks, and the paper seems to be different. I COULD be wrong -- it SEEMS to be slightly thinner in the blank book, than the ruled book. It didn't affect me personally, but it's worth mentioning for potential buyers.
Summing up: The book is great but consider the ruled pages for WRITING. If you're going to draw, this book will more than suit your needs! You obviously can't build a house on water, and a pool out of a house -- you've got to have the correct medium for your works! Great product, Moleskine!
Fast forward ten years and I can't imagine not having one with me! While I only use the smaller ones to keep snippets of information, this larger version is one of my trusty companions that goes on every trip with me. I have used these for everything from journal writing, sketching and brainstorming and was never disappointed in the product's performance.
My advice is to get the plain version as the lined books tend to be too wide for lettering and defeat possibility for sketching or other activities. These books are simple to perfection; I can't think of anything to add or take away to make them better. Their only drawback is that they're expensive, and my only argument for that is to try them once. If you do, you'll look at the price as far more reasonable.