Moleskine Cashier Notebook Review

This is considered a high quality or exclusive paper if you’d prefer in SA. It costs about R90 for a set of three, and that to me is costly. Specially when I take into consideration that I can get three A5 notebooks, with better quality paper (in my opinion) and more pages from Typo for R120. Even though I have mentioned Typo, I wont be comparing the paper in this review – I will be focusing solely on the Moleskine.

Cashier notebooks are about 1/4th in size of a standard A4 piece of paper. They get sold in packs of three, and you normally have the option of lined or blank paper.

Moleskine Cashier Notebooks Closed

Moleskine Cashier Notebooks Closed

I use fountain pens whenever possible, and quite honestly – I would never pay so much for a notebook if all I wanted to do was write down my shopping lists. With that in mind, I expect the Moleskine paper to perform better with my fountain pens then normal schoolbook or copier paper. It doesn’t – in all cases there is ghosting, when drawing there is bleed through and somehow certain fibers seem to suck ink more then others, causing vein like threads – but it’s not feathering.

Original Felt Pen Image

Original Felt Pen Image

Felt Pen Ghosting

Felt Pen Ghosting (No Flash)

Worse Case Of Bleed Through

Worse Case Of Bleed Through

That being said, it has never been advertised as fountain pen friendly – so maybe i’m being a tad judgmental. If I take fountain pen ink or liquid type ink out of the equation, then there is nothing that I dislike about the paper.

In general I love the usefulness of the design. Its thin and small enough to carry around in your pocket, the cardboard cover is flexible but not flimsy and comes in an array of colours. It opens flat and has a super useful back pocket. Additionally it has 16 pages at the back that are perforated, so you can actually tear the page out neatly should you need to. The paper has a specific feeling that I can’t explain – you have to feel it to understand, and using it is a pleasure. Additionally it is sewn bound, which gives it that little bit of old school that’s generally missing in today’s mass productions.

Moleskine Cashier Notebooks Open

Moleskine Cashier Notebooks Open

As much as my above statement about price and expectation is true, something about this particular Moleskine model is addictive. I don’t know if its the great marketing, the feel of the paper or the size. I just always find myself doodling in them, even though I know the result wont be perfect. And that I guess, is a review in itself.

Fountain Pen Vs Felt Pen Doodle

Fountain Pen Vs Felt Pen Doodle

You can find Moleskine from any of the below retailers:

Superbalist: http://superbalist.com/search?q=moleskine

Skoobs: http://www.montecasino.co.za/storedirectory/Pages/Skoobs.aspx

Write Gear: http://writegear.co.za/product-category/notebooks/moleskine/

Exclusive Books: http://www.exclus1ves.co.za/search/?logSearch=true&q=moleskine

 

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Happy Fountain Pen Day!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy fountain pen day, its time to give your fountain pens a bit of extra love.

My way of celebrating is creating a molskine cashier book with a different doodle in a different colour on each page. 🙂 Not the best paper for fountain pens I know – but was the best available size for my goal at the time.

Unfortunately the original almost completed book kinda fell in a pond lol… so I had to start over. Because of this the book is only half done – but hey maybe i’ll be super productive and finish the whole book today….

And now…. prepare for fountain ink image overload!!! I call it my colour reference book. Ps: This is cream paper, so keep in mind the colour doesn’t pop as much as on white paper.

Lamy Neon Coral

Lamy Neon Coral

Noodlers Air Corps

Noodlers Air Corps

Pelikan Royal Blue

Pelikan Royal Blue

Sheaffer Blue Black

Sheaffer Blue Black

Noodlers Black Swan In Australian Roses (Original Formula)

Noodlers Black Swan In Australian Roses (Original Formula)

Sheaffer Brown

Sheaffer Brown

Sheaffer Kings Gold

Sheaffer Kings Gold

Noodlers X-Feather

Noodlers X-Feather

Sheaffer Green

Sheaffer Green

Pelikan Red

Pelikan Red

Pelikan Black

Pelikan Black

Lamy Blue Black

Lamy Blue Black

Lamy Turquoise

Lamy Turquoise

Noodlers Antietam

Noodlers Antietam – This one looks more brown in real life, somehow the camera seems to capture more red.

Lamy Violet

Lamy Violet

Sheaffer Turquoise

Sheaffer Turquoise

Which ones do you hate/love the most?

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Sheaffer Green Ink Review

Welcome to my first ink review without a bottle… Write Gear an awesome new online company that recently opened, does this super cool thing called ink samples.

Basically you can by 3ml of ink for R15-00. I’m in love with this idea, because it allows you to try a colour without committing to the expense of a whole bottle. If you hate it – no big deal, and if you love it – just go ahead and buy the whole bottle. Another great thing about ink samples is if you looking for the perfect blue/black or the perfect red – just buy a sample of each and compare them to each other.

Because I did not buy the full bottle – I cannot comment on it. What I will do is attach images of the ink vial it came in. 🙂

Ink Vial

Ink Vial

The vial come with a label stuck onto it with the name of the ink, the company name and the amount of ml received. In this case: Write Gear, Ink Sample 3ml, Sheaffer, Green.

Ink Vial

Ink Vial

The vial also has ml indication lines and the bottom ends in a empty circle with a cone shape in the center. This is a really cleaver design as it allows you to access every last drop.

Ink Vial

Ink Vial

I really love this colour, its closer to my personal definition of turquoise – but I guess to most people this falls under green? Or at least i’m assuming it does which is why Sheaffer has named it green. I have attached an image with some green things I found around my house just to give everyone a better idea of what the colour tone actually is.

Green or Blue?

Green or Blue?

And here is the traditional writing sample:

Writing Sample - Sheaffer Green

Writing Sample – Sheaffer Green

This is a very well behaved ink, love the colour – it could use a touch more blue to make my perfect turquoise, but that’s not going to stop me from getting a bottle:). This colour almost exactly matches the lid of valpre’ sparkling water its just a touch greener.

Writing Sample - Sheaffer Green

Writing Sample – Sheaffer Green

I bought my sample from write gear – the link is provided below:

Sheaffer Green Sample: http://writegear.co.za/product/sheaffer-skrip-ink-sample-vial-green-3ml/

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