Never one to skip perusing the paper products aisle, two weeks ago a couple of notebooks caught my interest at Target. One was the Moleskine Volant in pink and magenta for $5.99 and a very colorful Greenroom recycled notebook for a mere $1.99. How do they compare?
The Volant comes in a set of two, each with 28 lined detachable pages that measure 6.5 x 10.5 cm. The paper is acid-free and manufactured in China. The Taiwanese Greenroom notebook is spiral-bound with 60 pages that measure 10 x 15 cm. It is made with 60-70% recycled fiber and printed with non-toxic soy-based ink. The cover feels like propylene and is waterproof. The sticker on the front bearing the company logo can be removed for a clear look at that eye-popping cover.
The photo and scans tell the tale.
Greenroom paper has a texture that is very similar to Moleskine though it is thicker and sturdier. For a recycled paper, the Greenroom tolerance for fountain pen ink is above average, but it still feathers and bleeds. Note that none of the nibs used are extra-fine or Asian fine and none of the inks are known as particularly compatible with Moleskine paper. A well-matched pen and ink duo should produce better results, but that would hold true for both notebooks.
For value, the Greenroom is a much better deal. For cachet, nothing beats a Moleskine. <insert sigh>