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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Episode #12: Moleskine vs. Habana

I do a side-by-side comparison to the Moleskine Ruled Notebook and the US version Quo Vadis Habana. The two are roughly similar in size, the Habana is about a half an inch longer and wider. The two most notable differences are the paper thickness and color. 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 Habana has white paper, with 90g Clairefontaine paper made in France, with the journal assembled in the United States. Habanas sold outside of the US are not the same paper as this. The Habana has 80 sheets, and the paper quality entirely outperforms the Moleskine in every aspect. Expect no feather, no bleedthrough, and minimal echo (also known as ghost, or showthrough). There is no limitation to the ink you can use on Habana paper. 

Quo Vadis Habanas are available for $18.75 from The Goulet Pen Company
Moleskine Ruled Notebooks are available for $17.95 from Barnes and Noble.

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

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

Part 1- Side-by-side detailed comparison of specifications



Part 2- Writing comparison with fountain pens

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Episode #11: Moleskine Paper Weight

In an effort to find the weight (thickness) of paper in a Moleskine ruled notebook, Brian took matters into his own hands and calculated it for himself. Why? Well why not, gosh darn it!

What I did was tear out a sheet from the inside fold of a set of sheets. There are about a dozen double-sheets that are folded in half, stitched through the middle, and glued up with other sets of these double-sheets that make up the whole journal. By tearing out the double sheet, I'm able to get a single sheet of paper that's the size of the opened journal, which is 260mm x 208mm. That's 54,080mm sq., or .054080m sq. I weighed this amount, which is 3.9g. In order to figure the weight of the paper, you divide the gram weight by the square meter, that's the international standard for figuring paper weight (indicating its thickness). So 3.9g / .05080m sq. comes to 72.115 g/m sq. This would more commonly be indicated (for comparison to other notebooks) as 72g paper. That's on the thin side for fountain pen friendly paper (which this notebook does not have, just see the other episodes!). Check my math on this, but I'm 99.8% certain this math is at least a gram or two from the correct paper thickness.

Link to YouTube for iPhones and full-screen.

Episode #10: Welcome, Joseph!

Joseph Brian Goulet, the heir to the Goulet Pen Company empire, was born on Jan. 25, 2010 at 8:08pm. This video is his official birth announcement to all Ink Nouveau fans. You may want to grab a tissue box, because this video is a heart-warming, adorable video of a newborn and his loving family set to sappy piano music. I just couldn't resist tugging the heart-strings!

Link to YouTube for iPhone and full-screen