on 2 February 2014
There's something deliciously decadent about shelling out this much cash for a simple notebook. In truth, unless your livelihood depends on being able to jot down notes on high quality paper, you can easily get away with a much cheaper alternative to the Moleskine brand. Heck. I even bought a Moleskine clone from Asda not so long ago. It was much the same size, had the same hard cover, the same expandable back pocket*, the same elastic band and ribbon page-marker. Even the paper had that rich creamy yellow colour and seemed to be just as "all that" as Moleskine's acid resistant product. And all for less than a couple of quid. Makes buying a real Moleskine a bit silly doesn't it? But then, Asda... Moleskine... Asda... Moleskine. Hmmm. Doesn't quite work does it?
At least with Moleskine you get a wee sticker and a leaflet with an enjoyably pretentious blurb to help you self-justify your ridiculous indulgence.
"The Moleskine notebook is a battery that stores ideas and feelings, releasing its energy over time." Ah! Now I understand!
This little chap fits happily into your breast pocket, just peeking out far enough to wink tantalisingly at people saying, "buy me!"
Damn. Now I'm beginning to sound like a Moleskine copywriter.
* What am I supposed to use that for?! My Orient Express ticket stub? My receipt from dinner at Megu's in Manhattan? Bill Clinton's business card? I normally just pop those into my elephant skin wallet.
on 23 August 2016
This is a beautifully crafted pocket size hard cover plain notebook with a durable construction. It has a chunky and durable low-gloss medium grained hard cover that is kept firmly shut by an integrated elastic band on the back cover. Inside the notebook are nice and thick ivory coloured pages which are a pleasure to write and sketch heavily on without the problem of ink bleeding through. The first and last pages are noticeably thicker than the rest of the pages of the notebook. There is a handy braided ribbon bookmark that is secured very well into the notebook's spine. On the notebook's inner back cover is a useful gusseted pocket for keeping business cards, bank cards, cash, stamps or even that emergency condom.
The notebook comes with a narrow outer packaging sleeve with a mini log for travels, a quality control sticker, and a Moleskine information pamphlet.
Here's my YouTube video ([...]) unpacking and closeup look at the Moleskine pocket size hard cover plain notebook.