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What's Up With The Monsieur Notebook?


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Recently saw an ad on Amazon for the Monsieur series of notebook. The two reviews of these books are not really enthusiastic. However, the books are made in Great Britian, have leather covers, and seem to be pretty decent for paper. Price is not bad either. So I bought one and here's what I noted about it:

 

Good looking notebook, bought the sketch book since I like unlined paper. Tried my favorite Noodler inks and got good results. Noted that previous reviews compared Monsieur to Rhodia and (gasp) Moleskin. So used the same pens and inks in a Moleskin and a Clairefontaine (no Rhodia in hand), got comparable results. See next post for pictures of the comparison notebooks.

 

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What do you think? Comparable? Or not?

Yours,
Randal

From a person's actions, we may infer attitudes, beliefs, --- and values. We do not know these characteristics outright. The human dichotomies of trust and distrust, honor and duplicity, love and hate --- all depend on internal states we cannot directly experience. Isn't this what adds zest to our life?

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Randal

From a person's actions, we may infer attitudes, beliefs, --- and values. We do not know these characteristics outright. The human dichotomies of trust and distrust, honor and duplicity, love and hate --- all depend on internal states we cannot directly experience. Isn't this what adds zest to our life?

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Hey. I am wondering if you can give any further impressions of this notebook now. In previous reviews that I have read around the internet issues like really stiff binding (causing the pages to be cut by the binding, and come away from the spine. I can kinda see this happening in your notebook already), the book not fully closing but also not staying open on it's own, poor quality control overall (with issues with the paper having marks, some being watermarked, uneven and messy gluing) seem to plague this book. I am wondering if they are getting better, or if these issues still exist.

 

As for the paper quality, based on your pictures, I have to say it looks to be the worst of the 3 you have compared.The Moleskine has slight show through in some areas, and a little bleed through down the bottom of one page (although it is fairly minimal), and the Clairfontaine, as expected, looks perfect. The Monsieur notebook however is showing a fair amount of show-through and bleed-through. I think I can also see some marks in the paper, but that could just be noise in the picture.

<p>Currently collection:<strong>Lamy Safari's</strong> x5, <strong>Lamy Al Star's</strong> x3, <strong>Lamy Studio's </strong>x2, A <strong>Lamy 2000</strong>, <strong>Kaweco Sports/AL Sports</strong> x7, <strong>Noodlers pens (Konrad and Ahab)</strong> x10, <strong>Noodlers Konrad Ebonite</strong> x2, <strong>Hero 616</strong> x10, <strong>Reform 1745</strong> x10, <strong>Sailor 1911m</strong> x2, <strong>Sailor 1911 Realo</strong> x3, <strong>Sailor Pro Gear Realo</strong> x2, <strong>Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black</strong>, <strong>Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver</strong>, <strong>Visconti Opera Club Cherry Juice</strong> (M <span>Dreamtouch</span> Nib), <strong>Visconti Opera Elements </strong>x3 (Amber and Black with M <span>Dreamtouch</span> Nib, Blue with M Gold Nib), <strong>Visconti Homo Sapiens Steel Age Maxi</strong>, <strong>Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age</strong>, <strong>Montblanc 146 Le Grande</strong>... Plus I am sure I have forgotten some.

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Hello - Tom from Monsieur Notebook.

 

It's good to see that people are interested in our products! Unfortunately we have had a few complaints regarding binding in the past - most of these came from the same batch of Tan Fountain books, and from around the same period.

 

It is inexcusable - the books should not have made it through quality control. However, we've manufactured 1000s upon 1000s of notebooks, so these are very isolated instances. Our quality control is very tight. If there are any more books from this batch still in circulation, or indeed if a customer finds any other fault, we replace the product free of charge immediately.

 

Regarding the paper, the notebook you reviewed here is a Sketchbook. This is made with 140gsm Cartridge paper, and is designed for charcoals, chalks and pencils. Cartridge paper is essentially blotting paper - and not recommended for Fountain Pens.

 

Our 90gsm Ivory paper, or our 100gsm White Foutain paper, is much better suited.

 

Please visit us at www.monsieurnotebook.com if you have any further questions!

 

Tom

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Wow! You answer four month later. I sould still have hopes I will get an answer to the question I posed in your web page. My experience with the 100gsm paper was horrible. I purchased the notebook at amazon and returned it after trying a few pages. The behaviour was erratic. Some part of the page was more or less ok but others showed severe feathering.

Best regards,

Rafael

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I have a dot notebook and I can say the paper is like Rhodia. It is a British company but are made in India...go figure they use caw skin...

The only problem I have with this book is that the dots printed on the paper are very strong, very visible , not as on Rodhia pads...

The lether is probably the basic you can get...

I don't think I will buy an other one...

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