Moleskine Classic Notebook

Bullet Journal Notebook Review


Key Features:

  • Key Features: The Moleskine name carries a lot of weight in the art world and excellent journal construction is a key feature of this line of notebooks
  • Size:  8.25″ x 5″
  • Cover:  hardcover with 9+ color options
  • Binding: sewn
  • Pages: 240
  • Additional features:  dots go all the way to the edge of the page
  • Page styles available:  dotted  |  lined  |  squared  |  blank (and a variety of artist journals also available)
  • Paper Quality: 70gsm
  • Ghosting?  Yes, terrible ghosting – making the backside of each page unusable
  • Bleeding?  Yes, even with pens that normally don’t bleed elsewhere
  • Feathering? None that I’ve seen, the paper has a coating for fountain pen writing

My Review:

We all love Moleskine because they brought the idea of carrying a notebook around with you everywhere to the mainstream. The name recognition and reputation seem to carry this brand – I say that because the paper quality alone wouldn’t hold up in a lesser known brand name. I have an old soft cover Moleskine from years ago and when I pulled it out to do this review and compare it to my newly purchased hardcover Classic, I see that the paper is still the same as it was all those years ago. In an attempt to make that old notebook useable, I had started to glue two pages together just so I could use both sides of a page. I abandoned using that old notebook and ended up using it to practice doodles and scribbles with new pens.

On the other hand – if you are in the market for a good artist sketchbook or watercolor notebook, definitely look to Moleskine. I have a mini watercolor notebook and love the paper quality in that one.

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