Moleskine notebooks are apparently a big freakin’ deal in the writing world, so naturally, I had to see what all the fuss was about. (Plus, I already did a “review” of the Pocket Dept. Notebook here, so I might as well do one about the Moleskine, too.)
The last time I wrote in a Moleskine was in 2012/2013, so I don’t really remember much about the actual writing experience, except that at the beginning of 2013, I didn’t have a whole lot to write about, and I had a hard time filling the pages because they are quite large (19×25 centimeters)* and have very narrow lines.
Some of the pages at the end are perforated. I’m not sure why they did that with just some pages and not the entire notebook,** but it was a nice feature, and the one page I did tear out came out nicely. There is nothing more annoying than having paper crusts everywhere. The paper was smooth and of good quality, so any pen that I used did not bleed through the paper.
The notebook itself was pretty durable. It lay flat without the spine breaking, and the cover and flyleaves were made of fairly thick paper/cardstock. So this one will last a long time and put up with a lot of abuse if you like to carry your notebook with you wherever you go.
The only drawbacks to Moleskines (at least the “Volant Journal” version that I tried) is that (1) they’re expensive, and (2) they’re not spiral bound, which I prefer. This particular version did not have any “extras” like an interior pocket or an elastic band for closure (but to get one with those things would have been more expensive and not really worthwhile).
All in all, I would recommend Moleskines instead of the Pocket Dept. Notebook.
*I’m too lazy to convert that to inches, so you’ll have to do that yourself. 🙂
**Apparently, they perforate all the pages in these notebooks now.