|Bleedin’ ’eck... the ink went straight through|
My preference is for an A5 hardcover (orange if possible) with 90gsm gridded paper. Quo Vadis Havanas are particularly durable and satisfying to write on, and I’m also partial to Rhodia Webnotebooks, which come in a really great dot gridded option. As a work essential that you’re going to live with for six or so months, it’s worth plumping for something with decent quality paper that can take all kinds of inks and abuse.
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Moleskine notebooks. The best thing about them is the slightly curious name. They seem poorly constructed, and the paper has a grainy quality which pulls the ink away from your writing. Besides, they are a bit too ubiquitous for my liking.
|Favoured by Paul Smith, no less|