Is this notebook a real Moleskine? I found it in a newsagent and was able to get it for AU$2.90 (about US$2.20). It is a sewn 20 sheet, 40 leaf, 80 page Kraft-covered cahier. There is a simple pocket in the back cover.
The paper is cream/beige, and after trying it with a number of pens and inks, it seems to be quite well behaved with inks.
The pages are a narrow A5, being A5 in length, but almost 1 1/2 centimetres narrower.
The notebook I got was plain, unlined, but I was able to print a guide sheet to A5 and then trim the long sides to fit.
So far, the inks I have tried it on are —
Platinum Pigment Blue, Noodler’s Black, Diamine Sapphire, Diamine Majestic Blue, PR DC SS Blue, Noodler’s Kung Te-Cheng and Noodler’s Heart of Darkness. All seemed to dry reasonably quickly, with almost no bleed-through except for the tiniest bit of spotting. Most inks show a small degree of spreading.
At first I thought that it was a fake Moleskine, as all that said it was Moleskine was an indented stamp on the back cover saying ‘Moleskine ®’, and how easy would it be to fake that. However, what made me think it might be genuine was the quality of sewing holding it all together. But, when I checked in my local Officeworks, they had the same chairs, in packs of 3, but at 2 1/2 times the price.
Overall, I am very impressed, with both the quality and the price. I will certainly be going back to get some more.