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Before I redived into the messy affair of fountain pens and ink sometime two years ago, I was looking for a notebook. I had no idea which type I was looking for, so I perused. I did not want a Moleskine, and I had not yet discovered Rhodia. Just one of those serendipitous days, I found this little jewel: the Mood journal.
Here is the manufacturer description:
- Diaries and Notebooks in assorted colors .... colors that reflect your mood!
- The exclusive metallic fastener on the spine, which holds the insert for these refillable books, is the innovative trademark for the Mood collection
- The exclusive patented snap closure wraps around itself and serves as the perfect pen holder.
- Cover is smooth, ecological bonded leather and is available in 8 colors
The above description is taken from In Tempo English site
The model I chose was medium, 9 cm x 16cm, color I chose is Titanium. Instead of writing blocks of passages to describe the notebook itself, I will let the photos to the talking.
|The cover is made with recycled leather, which is probably some|
leftover leather from other products.
It is a smooth pearly leather that is on the harder side.
Unlike the soft and supple leatherette on Rhodia Webbies, this cover is harder to scuff.
|The bottom of the page is embossed with the mother company's name|
"In Tempo" and "Firenze" (Florence)
|The binding. Since I have used mine for couple years now,|
you can see some wrinkles if you enlarge the picture.
|Front page, inside magenta panel makes the cover stands out!|
The little pocket can easily fit ID card and other little items
|This is the notebook itself. The little ball point pen comes with the journal|
|Back inside over. Another organizational pouch.|
|First page of the notebook. Very similar to Moleskine.|
It allows you to fill out your vital information, down to one's blood type.
|One shortcoming of the notebook: I can't stay flat!|
As you write closer to the edge, you will find your writing a bit squished
because you might feel you are running out of writing space.
|Ruling of the journal page. Very very faint, which is good. |
It will not obstruct writings in general.
|Do you see the two little hooks? Those are the ones that fasten the notebook in place|
|This view makes the hook a bit more obvious.|
|The fastener will hook on the coil part of the notebook, top and bottom.|
|You might think, would this notebook fly out? |
I have tried to thrust it out, but the fasteners tightly hook onto the notebook.
|Here is a scan of pages I wrote with a Lamy Al-Star sometimes last year. |
No bleedthrough, no feathering.
The perferoated corners would help keep track of which is the most current page.
|Testing page. This test result is not too bad consider it is not a heavy weight.|
If you stay with a fine or medium nib, you will be fine.
As you can see, Pelikan BB definitely mess with the groove of the performance.
|Downside: You can see minor to bad bleedthrough. |
The "culprit" for the bad bleedthrough is Pelikan
|Writing done by the ballpoint that accompanies with the journal.|
Not impressed. It is not the smoothest writig experience.
Bottom line, if you are looking for something that is portable and allows you to use a fountain pen, this little one will do the job. This notebook will also allow you to customize how you want to use it. If I remember correctly, there is a calendar refill too.