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

Review: Paper-Oh

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Paper-Oh is a design-focused notebook maker. These are well-designed, fun, tasteful, and high-quality notebooks. Paper-Oh designs are different from what other notebook producers are offering. They’ve really thought and rethought notebook bindings and materials used in designing their notebooks.

The biggest hurdle was trying to find where I could even purchase one of these notebooks. I first tried using their store locator tool. Which was helpful in finding cool book and stationary stores, but not helpful in finding their product in brick and mortar stores. I went to 3 stores in Wisconsin, and found only 1 notebook (that was not one I really wanted). Some stores had sold out of their Paper-Oh notebooks long ago, some had slim pickings. I finally emailed their customer support, who pointed me to lovenotebooks.com. If I was not so enamored with the notebook, I would not have been so tenacious. Not all potential Paper-Oh notebook lovers are going to be as tenacious in tracking down their product. I’m so rooting for Paper-Oh!

The Paper

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  • 100% sustainable forested paper
  • Uncoated
  • The paper is the same for all of the different notebooks.
  • 6mm line spacing
  • Lays flat

Gourmet Pen’s reviewed Paper-Oh notebooks, and determined that these notebooks are not fountain pen friendly. So, if you’re a pencil, ballpoint, gel, or felt-tip pen user, these could work for you.

Buco
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The Buco is my favorite of Paper-Oh’s offering. This notebook has a unique design without impeding the functional use of the notebook. That’s a tough line to walk. The unique design features of this notebook are delightful: the holes cutout of the spine, like the beginning of a paper snowflake, the striped gilt-edging, and the horizontal elastic closure.

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When fully open, the cut holes remind me of Swiss Cheese. Closed, the notebook looks reminds me of a cookie. It looks delicious.

All of the Paper-Oh notebooks lay flat in the photo above. The joint of the spine creates this gap, and allows for the notebook to rest open flat.

Buco, much to my disappointment, is unavailable in North America. This is my favorite notebook by Paper-Oh! However, I was able to purchase it through amazon.de with reasonable shipping to the States.

  • Above is B6. Also available in B7
  • Elastic enclosure
  • 112 pages

Yuki-Ori

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The Yuko-Ori notebook line was designed collaboratively between Paper-Oh designers and artist Yuko Nishimura. Nishimura is a paper sculptor, fusing origami into her pieces. The double wave pattern on the cover gives the illusion of aliasing in photography.

This notebook is in a B6.5 size! A clever way of saying a slimmer version of a B6 size. I prefer slim notebooks, to more square notebooks.

  • Above is B6.5 (~7″ X ~3.5″). Also available in A5, A6, B6.5, A7.
  • 112 pages

Puro

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The Puro cover has a shimmering material with three swish marks embossed.

  • Above is A5 size. Also available in A6 and A7.
  • 112 pages

 

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Circulo

  • Magnetic flap closure
  • Above is A5. Sizes A4, A6, and A7 is also available
  • 112 pages

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I will eagerly look forward to any addition in their line. But don’t take my word for it. Check out these other reviews on Paper-Oh notebooks:

Where to Buy

Review: Choosing Keeping Notebook

Choosing Keeping is a stationary store located in London, with a well-stocked online shop with familiar and unique notebook offerings. And such beautiful product photos! They also create their own line great line of notebooks.

Choosing Keeping
Choosing Keeping

These two featured here are the Blue and Black Spanish Ripple Marbled and Black Hand Decorated notebooks. The cover is a stiff but thin cardboard, I would put in the softcover category. Textured vinyl tape is wrapped around the spine. It reminds me of the tape on the spine of composition notebooks.

Choosing Keeping

The paper is smooth, and advertised as fountain pen friendly, which is important to a lot of notebook and stationary lovers. I, however, use pigment pens. The paper is lined, with wider ruling (7.5mm).

Choosing Keeping

Above is the comparison of the two notebooks with an A5 Moleskine. This notebook line has black gilt edged, which I have a particular penchant for in the notebooks I pursue. The appeal for me is creating the look of a monolith (if the notebook cover is black). Gilt edged notebooks have a bit of aesthetic flair without adding some unnecessary function.

Choosing Keeping

Specifications:

  • 160 pages
  • 7.5mm line spacing
  • Fountain pen friendly

Where to buy:

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.

Delfonics

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.

Delfonics

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: Handle Note 01 Grey & Brass

Handle is a new notebook company, and I had been waiting in anticipation for these to be released. The price point is somewhat steep (€25.00 + €7.50 for shipping). Currently they have a 20% off coupon (NOTE01LAUNCH), so my total was about $30.95. While on the higher end for notebook costs, I think it’s worth it. This notebook is my favorite, my new #1, and the next I’ll be using.

The notebook comes in a sweet box, much like Baron Fig products. It served its purpose, and protected my notebook in the post.

Handle Note01

The cover is advertised as gray leather. I’m unsure if that means genuine leather, bonded leather, etc. Nonetheless, It’s beautiful.

Handle Note01

The back cover has “Handle” embossed on the bottom.

Handle Note01

The notebook has gray leather cover, with brass gilt-edging. I find the color combination very pleasing. I have a thing for gilt-edge notebooks. You can see the Handle Note 01 above a Moleskine notebook (for reference)

Handle Note01

The promo pictures on the Handleware website include no pictures of inside the notebook and the paper. So I was in for a surprise. And it was a pleasant one! The paper feels a lot like Moleskine paper, but slightly thicker. They don’t specify anything about the paper, so I can’t say what the weight is. The line spacings are 6mm, and bronze.

Handle Note01

The biggest pleasant surprise was the amount of stitchings per signature: 20 stitchings! Basically, the more stitchings the sturdier the notebook. To see how many stitchings a (smyth-sewn) notebook has, open to the middle of any signature, and count the number of holes, which is where the thread goes through. Most notebooks have about 4-10 stitchings. (a Moleskine has 10 stitchings). My current Nanami Seven Seas Writer has 8.

In the below picture you can see the plentiful stitchings, the bronze lines. You can also see that when the notebook lays open in the middle, the leather bunches together and creates a little divot. That is my only complaint, and very minor.

Handle Note01

Specifications

  • 200 pages
  • lined
  • 6mm lines
  • gilt edge

Where to buy:

Review: Labrador Paper Notebook Triangle

The Notebook Triangle is made by Labrador Paper, based in Thailand. I was attracted to this notebook for the unique design of the cut corners. I love the aesthetic and the way it looks. This notebook is one of my favorite designs.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

The notebook is bare cardboard dyed a camel color, with a vinyl spine. The elastic band is a quality rubber band. I’m careful with my notebooks, but I do worry about the long-term durability of the cardboard cover. The company’s philosophy of sustainable and ecological design is embodied in the materials: bare cardboard, rubber band and green read paper. And they execute it really well.

I love the unique design of the notebook, the cut corners, and the asymmetrical elastic closure. However, since the elastic closure is also asymmetrical and doesn’t press evenly on the cover, as you can see, the cover stays somewhat lifted at the bottom. After keeping the notebook on my bookshelf tightly pressed between books on a full shelf, it went away.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

The paper is billed as Green Read Paper, which is designed to reduce light reflection hitting the paper, and this reduces strain on the eyes. The paper has some slight texture to the touch. Writing on the paper is nice, however. The description states the notebook will lay completely flat, which I did not find. The binding is pretty tight, but perhaps over time the binding will loosen up and lay flat.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

There’s a small pocket in both the front and back cover. Included in the back pocket is a set of colored cardboard bookmark tabs.

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I don’t think I’ll be using these bookmark tabs, but I they’re pretty cool.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

The Notebook Triangle below an A5 Moleskine Notebook for reference.
Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

Specifications

  • A5
  • 144 pages
  • 8mm lines

Where to Buy:

  • Homu Store (if located in Southeast Asia)
  • Stickerrific (if located in US. They were so helpful and wonderful!!)