With this post, I am officially back to blogging.
I received a small box of notebooks from Grandluxe early this year. From the four notebooks I received, this silver notebook caught my fancy. Among the leather- and damask-covered notebooks, I liked this one more than the others because of the metallic look and feel of its polyurethane (PU) cover.
The Monologue Platinum A6 notebook I received from Grandluxe of Singapore measures 5 7/8 × 4 1/8 inches, almost the same size as a large Moleskine notebook. A smooth, wide groove on the rightmost part of the cover bears the notebook's matching elastic band.
The Platinum notebook allows for its owner's personalization/customization because immediately after the notebook's inside flyleaf are the following pages:
Website and Blog
The white, 80gsm, acid-free paper used for this notebook is ruled with clear, gray lines, with different margin settings on all four sides. The top margin is more than an inch wide, the left and bottom margins almost half an inch, and the right margin has a quarter of an inch. The paper is smooth, and has a lovely 'new paper' scent to it. The only thing I do not like about the notebook's pages is the page corners - they're not rounded.
But I forgot the page corners when I saw the notebook's edge: the pages are silver gilted! Cool!
I did this cover's torture test once to my Quo Vadis Habana notebook, and though I cringe at the thought and sight of it, this test is actually very helpful. It lets me know how a notebook's leather will wear off through time. This is important to me because the spine of my first Moleskine was already falling off and I was not even half into using it. I hope that the Platinum's thicker PU cover will last longer.
The Platinum notebook has a back pocket, too, like most of my notebooks. Though it's a functional feature to some, I do not use the back pockets of my notebooks to store anything at all. For the simple reason that whatever is inside the pocket creates a bulge that gets in the way of my writing on the paper on top of it.
Lastly, this is the page after the ink test page. The inks just bled too much on this paper.
Finally, would I keep this notebook? Yes. But I will have to think of a better use for it. I love to write on my journal/diary using my fountain pens and that will be a problem because the Monologue Platinum paper cannot hold the inks. I can use this elegant looking notebook for note-taking, but then again, I'd have to find a pen with an extra fine nib and fill it with a very dry ink. And so the search starts now. :)