It's a killer of a notebook!
Back in 2011 if you can remember that far, another blogger from Seize the Dave , I was reading a horrific report of his Moleskine Cahier's he bought. His particular quarrel for this notebook is because Moleskine had changed the paper thus leading to poor writing experience with fountain pens and such. I asked Dave if I he would be kind enough to send me a notebook to review. In January on my birthday of all days I received a package in the mail containing one such notebook and another notebook which I will gladly review later this year.
I discovered Banditapple about a month ago and relized that they look similar if not for the size comparison. But Banditapple Tablet is roughly the same size as the regular Moleskine or A5 size notebook.
Moleskine Cahier you can find Barns & Noble, Office Depot or online. It's price can vary but the manufacture sells them for $18.95 for a set of 3 and in varies in sizes. There are 120 pages in total and an included pocket. They come in blank, lined, and graph. It is my understanding that Moleskine get's it's paper from a variety of sources around China and the quality from notebook to notebook can vary.
|Tablet on top Moleskine Cahier on bottom|
|Tablet vs Moleskine Cahier|
|Moleskine Cahier Notebook Fountain Pen Test|
|Banditapple Tablet Notebook Fountain Pen Test|
|Virtually no ghosting, and no bleed|
|You can see right through it like a starving child in Africa|
|Moleskine Cahier with pocket on back|
|Banditapple Tablet on top, Moleskine on bottom.|
Although I did give both notebooks a fair shake at my pens, I find that the inconsistency of the Moleskine paper quality just can't hack it to the superiority of Banditapple's Tablet notebook. But I find that this particular notebook is just one of many other good notebooks from the Moleskine line. I own the Artist Collection Cahier notebooks, they come in packs of 2 for about $12-$15 and B&N. To my knowledge they only carry lined paper but... the paper itself is miles ahead of this Cahier and it does perform adequately for most of my fountain pens and inks.
In conclusion, I find that the only writing worth performing is a Bic pen and a pencil... other than that there is not much else. So if you are an unlucky owner of the Moleskine Cahier this might be the perfect replacement and a whole lot more!
*The ink is Noodler's Red Black, and the pen was Noodler's Ahab Demonstrator.*