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Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks) Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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I ordered this sketchbook out of desperation because this review section showed about a 50/50 shot to get a thick-paper'd sketchbook from this provider. While my sketchbook did have thicker pages (and not that dreadful almost-tracing-paper consistency that I'd been finding in stores) they were not the same as from my old sketchbook. The waxy film that allowed the pages to accept markers with great blend ability is missing, and while the yellowed pages are back, the pages have a more rough tooth to them rather than the almost-glossy pages I miss so much.
TL:DR; ordering this is your best bet to getting thick pages in a sketchbook again, but they are still not the same as the models from before 2010. It's a shot in the dark if you get thick pages or thin, tracing-paper weight pages in your sketchbook.
Extremely convenient and easy to use, portable and so far durable. I love that the pages are somewhat thicker(though from what I can tell, not as thick as they once were) and have an antique yellow hue to them. The size of the paper is perfect, large enough to inspire a a bigger work taking up two pages, but not so big it's hard to ever finish, nor is it too small, as I have found the pocket size to be far too small.
As quite a few reviewers here have said, there does appear to be a definite change to the quality, pages are not as thick and high quality as they once were. The pages are a nice, warm, antiquated king of yellow hue, but when you erase, watch out because it comes off rather easily. Definitely use a soft eraser and don't press hard on the paper even with one or you'll be left with an awkward lightened spot. I don't remember that happening in the past, but it's been awhile since I used a moleskine. The pages also don't take certain kinds of liquid ink well. Pens work great, but liquid ink brushed on shows through the paper, so keep that in mind.
Updated remarks as of 11/23/12:
Best eraser choice for this thus far is Factis Extra Soft eraser(my favorite) and secondly Pentel Hi-Polymer eraser, though I've not tried various other ones. Even though much less abrasive, still some yellow can be rubbed from the paper if you push too hard. Further note to potential Copic marker users: do NOT use Copic Wide markers, they bleed through terribly! Regular Copic/Sakura pens do not, but the wide ones do. Also, be wary of liquid inks of all kinds, especially when making densely filled in areas, they bleed through very easily too.
I was legitimately shocked by how nice the book is for the price. I've bought Moleskine notebooks before (for classes), and I love them; I figured Moleskine would deliver the same quality, and they did.
The pages are an off-white color, but I personally like it that way. The stitching is spot-on, the elastic band works beautifully, and the book has a satisfying heft to it. All around wonderful product!