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December 16, 2013
THE REAL BEST ALTERNATIVE...
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THE REAL BEST ALTERNATIVE TO MOLESKINE. This about my favorite notebook. The paper is excellent - gives no bleed-through with a variety of my fountain pens. The color is simple cream / off-white which looks good against a number of inks. Most importantly, the things lies flat really well when you open it to write so you can really use all the pages with equal aplomb. Nothing fancy here. No silly pocket thing at the back. No pages which tear out. Just quality. Down with Moleskine. The ruling in Moleskine is way too narrow. The paper is way too thin. The product is just over-priced. Go Palomino! (I also love the Rhodia webbie but Palomino is slightly cheaper and every bit as good in terms of paper with a bit wider ruling in the lines, which I like).

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blgollnick
 
October 11, 2014
Really like these puppies...
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Really like these puppies for my "commonplace books." Like many, I've grown disaffected with Moleskines, the popular favorite--whose paper quality really seems to have declined. My alternatives have become the Leuchtterm 1917 (roughly the same size, A5)--and the Palomino Blackwing Luxury Notebook.
First off, BOTH have Moleskines beat, hands down. The paper in both of them is just higher-quality than what I've seen in Moleskines lately--of any price. Incidentally, despite what another reviewer said, I'm looking at all three, and they all have the same (6 millimeter) line spacing. The Leuchtterm 1917 has numbered pages, but I just lightly pencil my own page numbers into my Palomino Blackwings. Bookmark ribbon? Check. I like the lighter-colored (closer to white) paper in the Blackwing, too--as well as the heavier "boards," though they're still flexible. The ruling on the Blackwing pages is of similar weight to those in the Moleskine, which in both cases are heavier than those in the Leuchtterm 1917. The Blackwing also has more pages (160 vs. 122) than the Leuchtterm 1917. You'll never go back to Moleskines.