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A truely superior product
on 1 December 2013
This is my fourth moleskin diary and I had one exactly like this for 2012 and 13. Last year's diary is still intact despite being carried 7 days a week to my on-call, shift work, changeable work appointments and regular places of work. It is my portable brain. The paper quality is very high which allows me to correct mistakes, or change meeting times. I have experimented with using both pencil and rubber and erasable pens. Vigorous rubbers can pull on the spine's stitching too much and I have pulled a page partly free this way in the past, but the paper itself is robust enough for several corrections. The paper looks great with a fountain pen and has a really smooth texture and is a pleasure to write on. I use highlighters too which do not "bleed through" to the next week. The elastic is still springy on my 2012 diary (which I still refer back to), and the outer covering still looks smart and presentable after many bicycle pannier, motorbike jacket and briefcase journeys. I started with an A6 academic moleskine 2010-11, and this year I chose this exact diary for the third year running because of the consistent build quality.
I like the extra page opposite the week-to-a-view gives room for "free script". Instead of either squeezing information into a tiny box, or having to carry around a huge diary which remains mostly empty on several days, I can write relevant details nearby for either a busy day or a busy weekend, or use a few post-its and whilst not obscuring important information. The elastic also allows me to cram in a few extra papers and not have them fly out when I drop it. It also acts as a deterrent to anyone accidentally flicking through.
This is big enough for a very busy life, though probably not so for a plumber or a rep visiting several new places each day: the page-a-day would be better, but Moleskine is certainly robust enough to rattle around the van with you. This one is small enough to keep on the shelf for the next year or two. The diary comes with a slide-out booklet of indexed pages, which I have used and transferred into this year's book, and some useful stickers to mark birthdays etc. There is a pocket at the back which is great for a few receipts or a book of stamps, or one of those flat pens.
Excellent build quality, Excellent paper quality: thoroughly tested! . Innovative layout. Truly useful extras. Smart all the way through to the next year.