Either Moleskine have improved the quality of their paper, or Robert Oster ink is magical, but it definitely doesn't suffer from feathering/spidering/spread. There's some show through, and in wider nibs, a bit of bleed through, but nothing that makes it unusable. That's pretty surprising for such saturated ink, and good news for those looking for Noodler's ink replacements.
Tested with fine, medium and 1.1 stub nibs with equal success.
The best notebook is the one that you use.
If Moleskine makes the notebooks you want to use, then they are the best. After years of collecting dust, I find myself gravitating back to them more. Maybe it’s because their paper isn’t perfect, and I don’t feel guilty if I just use a simple gel ink pen or a pencil on them, and maybe it’s something about their format that is just right for me right now.
If Leuchtturm, Rhodia, Baron Fig, Midori, Field Notes is what makes you pull out a pen or pencil and fill up those pages, then these are the notebooks for you.
There is no perfect notebook — we live in an imperfect world. Your baseline should be a simple composition notebook, and not a leather-bound, gilt-edged masterpiece that you are too afraid to use.
Just a friendly reminder that a notebook is not worth much if it has empty pages and you have a full mind.
Quick sketch done with a Retro51 Coffee Tornado and a Moleskine Pocket Sketchbook while waiting for Captain America: Civil War to start.
Quick watercolour drawing of a Monaco view from above.
Moleskine pocket watercolour notebook, Schminke Horadam watercolour, Windsor and Newton series 7 number 2 brush.