My first more-than-£1.50 notebook was quite recent. A few years ago I came across a baby blue Leuchtturm1917. You know the type. I felt almost guilty about spending almost £15 for a book of paper. I did ultimately buy it due to some of its fancier features: numbered pages and table of contents to fill out. Although I continued feeling guilty, I’m aware of the worth now.
The problem I have though was being unable to fold it over. A notepad with a wire binding was quite important for me, for practical reasons. How else are you able to comfortably use both sides of the book and have it lie flat?
Around this time I discovered Whitelines Link. Fancy paper which allows you to take a photo and archive the pages electronically with a mobile app. This is less and less useful now though as Evernote does a commendable with any piece of paper given. I am delighted by the grey paper and white lines of the pages though – less harsh on the eyes.
Until recently, the notebook you’d find in my bag would have been a wire-bound Oxford Black and Red or a more luxury nuco elite. Since they’re just A5 notebooks, they take up little space in my bag. The hard covers let them stand up for themselves in the midst of the warzone in my bag. The wire-bindings fold flat.
I can’t spot any Black & Red’s at the moment, but I do have a trusty, brown nu elite. The stock in it is a good paper, with a little too much gloss. This means that wet ink doesn’t bleed through, but is a lot more likely to bleed and a touch slower to dry. Looking through this book, I’ve got many ink smudges.
Christmas arrived this year, and with it my boyfriend brought me a Moleskine notebook. A4, soft shelled, section sewn, and rather somewhat thin paper. The opposite of what I usually carry.
To my surprise though, I’ve switched to this notebook almost exclusively. Writing in an A4 book seems a lot more pleasant. Less worry about when to break a line, and fewer interruptions to turn the page. Despite the larger size, my bag is more than capable. Even the soft cover helps out here – it molds into whatever curve I need it to.
The folding flat issue was a genuine one to start with, but I’ve fixed that with a change of habit. Why bother writing on both sides of the book? I’ve never found writing on the left side of the book particularly comfortable anyway. Thinking back, the only reason I do write on the back sides of each sheet is because it was drilled into me in a cost-saving high school.
The paper maybe thinner than I’m used to, but the quality certainly isn’t lacking. A blue fountain pen is visible on the opposite side, but it certainly doesn’t bleed.
This Moleskine is lovely.