Plain Hardback Moleskine- Initial Impressions.

No, it does not magically make your writing content amazing.

The last journal I completed was a Pukka notebook, its quality surprised me. The pages were of a good thickness and creamy colour (very pleasing to the eye- it matters a lot to me). This time around I wanted something a little more ‘polished’ for twenty sixteen.

The name I saw popping up the most for a good journal was ‘Moleskine’. The brand name has legions of followers who appear to swear by the name as if it gives them oxygen.

This is my first Moleskine, and I don’t intend to join the fan club. Onto the actual product now:

It cost me around thirteen pounds, the three pounds was post and packaging. I was quite happy to pay the price, it feels very sturdy and is a nice size just shy of A5. Mine is black, with a subtle leather look and feel to it. There’s no branding besides from the name embossed on the back at the very bottom. You can easily miss it, so unless you really want people to know you’re using a Moleskine notebook, you’ll have to use Tipp-Ex to write it on the front.

The pages are as mentioned, a very pleasing creamy tinted colour. They do have quite a bit of ‘ghosting’, whereby you can see the writing appear on the next page. To some this won’t bother them (me) but to others this may matter so it’s worth mentioning. So far I’ve used a Parker ballpoint pen, a Uniball Jetstream 0.7, and mt favourite, a Uni Pin fine line 0.5. The latter mentioned is very smooth on the page and despite being felt tipped does not show through anymore than the other pens nor does it bleed or blotch.

If there is one thing that makes it very enjoyable to write with this notebook and others alike is the fact it lays down quite flat when writing. I don’t find myself fighting with the pages smiting them with a fist every two lines. That’s enough of a reason for me to pay the price.

I’ve heard that Moleskine notebooks are not fountain pen friendly, I don’t own a fountain pen so can’t test it our for myself (nor would I risk a perfectly fine page). So it’s worth looking that up.

The little pocket at the back is welcomed I appreciate these on journals. Being an English Student I often have stray bits of paper slotted in them.

I’m fussy with my stationary, it can’t be any old thing. I intend to keep my journals for a long time and they’re often filled with important writing to me. Prose, reflections, ideas and the like. My notebook will go everywhere with me.

So far, using this notebook has been pleasant, but I cannot understand why people swear by the name. I appreciate the quality and the wide variety of colours, shapes, sizes and paper patterns (lined, squared, plain) available. But it fairs well to look at what ever else is available, namely the Leuchtturm 1917 range of notebooks, which I have seen people claim are superior to Moleskine. In fact, I’m planning my next journal will be a Leuchtturm 1917 just to experience both for myself. Moleskines aren’t the only notebooks in existence, you know.

All in all, it’s a well put together notebook and I can see why people ‘like’ Moleskine, but notwhy people ‘rave’ about Moleskine. It’s certainly superior than any old notebook from any old shop though.