Review: Moleskine Chapter

Moleskine released the chapter’s line in 2015. They’re softcover notebooks,with bright colored covers and contrasting colored spines. The softcover has a vinyl texture quality.

I love this notebook. I’m looking forward to using it.

But, I am suspicious of Moleskine’s quality. I’ve got lukewarm feet about jumping into this notebook because Moleskine made it. I’m not confidant Moleskine notebooks will hold up until the last page. Not because it’s a pretty flimsy softcover notebook (which it is), but because Moleskine has burned me before, leaving me with the hardcover coming apart at the spine, with less than 20 pages left. There’s been some love and trust lost. I swore them off, which opened me up to other non-Moleskine notebooks. However, I’m hopeful for this one, as the coptic binding and does not rely on adhesive, which was the downfall of the Hardcover notebook that fell apart on me.

Moleskine-Chapters - 1 of 2   The internal organization is divided into 7 chapters (14 pages each), with an 8th chapter for to-do lists. Each chapter has 14 pages, with a available in dot grid and lined formats. Moleskine-Chapters - 2 of 2

The paper is 70gsm, and not suitable for fountain pen. I use a Staedtler pigment liner (or something comparable). I experienced some ghosting. But ghosting doesn’t bother me, sometimes even pleases me, so long as it does not inhibit me from reading what is written on the page.

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The coptic binding allows for the notebook to lay flat. The binding also allows for the front page to be bent behind the notebook while writing.

  • Coptic bound  (lays flat)
  • 70 gsm paper
  • Dot grid paper: 5mm line spacing
  • Slim A5 (21cm X 11.5cm)
  • 112 writing pages total

Midori: Santina

Midori, well known for their Traveler’s notebook, has the seemingly discontinued but awesome notebook colection, The Santina / World Mesiter notebook. The notebook “celebrates the best of Japanese and Dutch design and craftmanship” with the cover made of Dutch “leather paper,” named Santina. And the paper is the much-famous Japanese MD paper. This series only comes in an A6 size, and makes for a great pocket notebook.

Midori Santina

The notebook is able to lay completely flat, with only slight pressure when first using the notebook. Inside, is a 5mm grid on the lovely Japanese MD paper.

 

Midori Santina

This notebook line features a gilt-edge, with the color matching the cover. The book block is flush with the cover, creating a monolithic look.

Midori Santina

Specifications:

  • A6
  • Grid
  • Softcover
  • Black gilt-edged
  • 192 pages

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Review: Delfonic’s Chentelham

This notebook is made by Delfonics, of the Rollbahn notebook. This notebook is perfect for me, as I love the beautiful Delfonic’s Rollbahn paper and design, but I’m put off by spiral-bound notebooks. There’s something uncomfortable for me about the wire spirals tangling up like braces. (I’ll be forever hoping that Maruman one day makes a non-wirebound Mnemosyne).

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The cover is this stiff textured vinyl that is somewhere between a softcover or hardcover. The whole notebook can bend in your hand, but you can’t wrap the front cover around to the back with ease. The Chentelham comes in a variety of color (red, green, navy, blue, and black), but mine is black with a brown elastic closure. I find the black and brown doesn’t clash.

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The paper is the beautiful Japanese Delfonics paper, with faint grid lines. You’ll recognize this paper used in Delfonics more recognized Rollbahn notebook line. It is a pleasure to write on.

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The notebook comes with a minimal plastic pocket in the back cover.

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And the comparison with a (well-worn) A5 Moleskine

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Specifications:

  • 5mm grid line spacing
  • 192 pages

Where to buy:

Review: Metaphys 44112

Metaphys notebooks are created by a Japanese design company, with stationery being just one of their product lines (others include dishes, bags, lighting).

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Logos on the front cover is a gamble, but I like the minimal typography, so it sits well with me. And I’d even say I like the model number too. But the description? Who needs a description of a notebook on the cover of a notebook?

The cover is canvas and a very stiff softcover — almost but not quite hardback. It seems very durable.

What I like about Metaphys notebooks are their unique sizes. The 44112 is the largest, measuring at 8.25 x 3.6 inches. So, tall and slim. Kind of reminds me of a large checkbook. In fact, while I was typing with the notebook next to me in my periphery, had the blip thought: “what is my checkbook doing here?”

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The paper is very nice to write on and smooth to the touch. It takes ink quite well, and dries quickly (I use pigment ink pens).The grid layout is spaced at 5mm, is very faint, and only printed on one side. The paper isn’t perforated, but does tear off the waxy spine easily. Maybe too easily.
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[A5 Moleskine on bottom for reference]

My only complaint: there’s no elastic band closure, so the notebook stays slightly popped up after use.

Specifications:

  • Grid layout on right-hand page (the back is blank)
  • Grid spacing: 5mm
  • 140 pages
  • £15.50

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