Saturday, February 13, 2010

Episode #13: Moleskine vs. Webbie

I compare the Moleskine Ruled Notebook with the (US) Rhodia Webnotebook. The Moleskine is off-white paper, witha 72g thickness. It's printed and bound in China (outsourced), assembled in Italy. It has 120 sheets of paper, ruled. The performance of the paper when tested with J. Herbin fountain pen ink (a generally well-behaved ink) is entirely underwhelming.

The Webbie has ivory paper, slightly darker than the Moleskine. It has 96 sheets of 90g Clairefontaine paper made in France. The sizes of the Webbie and Moleskine are very similar, with the Webbie being about 1/2" wider. the Webbie paper performs miles ahead of the Moleskine, with no feathering at all, and no bleedthrough even with the wetter writing pens. 

Rhodia Webnotebooks are available for $18.75 from The Goulet Pen Company.
Moleskine Ruled Notebooks are available from Barnes and Noble for $17.95. 

Link to YouTube for iPhones and full-screen (Part 1)

Link to YouTube for iPhones and full-screen (Part 2)

Part 1: Detailed comparison of the two notebooks.



Part 2: Writing comparison using fountain pens.

8 comments:

  1. Great review! When are you going to do a review of some different ink colors?

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  2. Soon....VERY soon. I'm waiting to get in some glass dip pens, then I'll start doing ink. I aim to have a fine nib, glass dip pen, and wet calligraphy pen on both white and ivory paper. I feel this combination would really help to get the most accurate review of each ink. Look to see those up in the next week or two!

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  3. [...] since done more detailed comparisons of Moleskine vs. Habana and the Moleskine vs. Webbie to discuss size, thickness, price, and all the other factors that help determine which notebooks [...]

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  4. Brian -
    thanks for the review. it is interesting to know that moleskines are kind of 2nd tier products for fountain pens.

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  5. Great review! When are you going to do a review of some different ink colors?

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  6. [...] since done more detailed comparisons of Moleskine vs. Habana and the Moleskine vs. Webbie to discuss size, thickness, price, and all the other factors that help determine which notebooks [...]

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  7. Brian- Thanks for the comparison. A few things - 1) my moleskine has five, not three stitches that you describe in part 1 of your video. 2) using a fine/medium nib and iron gall ink from ESS in England, I get no bleedthrough and no feathering. 3) as a leftie, the ability of the moleskine to lay flat is a BIG deal for me, as it may be for many other lefties.

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  8. I appreciate your input! I wonder if the stitching has to do with when the notebooks were made, mine was about a year and a half ago, not long before I made this video. It could also be that Moleskines distributed in different parts of the world have different manufacturing methods. I know that the Moleskines paper is made in several mills in Turkey and China, I don't know if they're all assembled in the same place with the same method. 

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