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The Moleskine Knock-Off: The Markings Notebook

October 29th, 2008 · 28 Comments · black book

Today’s R.L. Gibson Markings Notebook bookends a set of three moleskine-style notebook reviews we’ve done, following some fierce competition from the Piccadilly and the Guildhall. Both the Piccaddilly and the Guildhall are inexpensive little black notebooks that I initially feared were nothing more than Moleskine knock-offs, and was suprised to find that both had impressive […]

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Travels and Old Notebooks Revisited

September 8th, 2008 · 6 Comments · black book

Hey everyone! Contrary to popular belief, we’re still alive. The past couple months have been pretty crazy – for various reasons, I’ve been on trips to Spain, Italy, Chicago, New Mexico, and Cape Cod, and the only disappointing thing about seeing the world is that I didn’t find a single new black notebook. I figured […]

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The Softcover Moleskine: We don’t hate you, Moleskine!

May 7th, 2008 · 23 Comments · black book

[Update! Several readers have written in to say the durability of these notebooks is pretty shoddy – see below] Let’s get one thing straight: we don’t hate the Moleskine. Yes, this website is dedicated to finding alternatives to what is widely considered the end-all, be-all of little black notebooks. But that has less to do […]

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Xonex Ru: The (Very) Soft Cover Black Book

May 16th, 2007 · 12 Comments · black book

Today, we’re reviewing the Xonex Ru journal ($5.95). Check it out: Let’s get the obvious out of the way: we know it’s not black. However, it’s the best we could do under short notice. Someone had sent us an email saying we should check out the Ru journal (the company is Xonex, the notebook line […]

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The Miquelrius: The flexible Moleskine?

May 3rd, 2007 · 25 Comments · black book

Miquelrius is a company located in Spain (near Barcelona) that has been in the stationary business for over 150 years. I happened to find their Moleskine-esque softcover notebook ($9) in a New York City art store today, and was very impressed at its quality and design, yet disappointed to see another black book failing in […]

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The Moleskine (and why we’re still looking)

April 29th, 2007 · 26 Comments · black book

OK, let’s get it out of the way: The Moleskine. The current reigning king of the little black book. What every notebook we review on this blog will be compared to. What could we possibly have against it? The Moleskine’s beauty is in its utter simplicity: The cover: hard, durable, oily finish, black, and not […]

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