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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find Moleskine from any of the below retailers:
Exclusive Books: http://www.exclus1ves.co.za/search/?logSearch=true&q=moleskine