Mini Review: Piccadilly Essential Notebook – Black – Small – Grid

12 07 2011

The run-down: 3½ x 5½ inches, 192 pages, paper is 80 gsm

It’s another black notebook! What makes this Piccadilly one special? It’s a decent notebook at an insanely good price. The construction is on par with the Moleskine; the only difference of note in the negative is that the construction of the back pocket is cardstock only, no cloth reinforcement.

WARNING: Do not store pens in the notebook pocket

I’ve had a large version of this notebook before that astounded me with its ability to handle fountain pen ink (in that I expected it wouldn’t be able to handle it at all, at the price it went for); quality control is always a wildcard, but this notebook cost $3.99. Hang on, this needs emphasis: $3.99. When the notebook’s this cheap, even the most conservative of purse strings will loosen for the gamble.

Not bad!

I had quite a bit more bleedthrough in this little notebook than I had in the big one (the big one, by the way, was $5.99).

Oh no, can't use the back of the page! But wait, this thing was so cheap, you can just buy another one. And another.

But overall, I’m still pretty happy with this notebook. Of course, I prefer thin nib fountain pens, so fuzzing and bleedthrough isn’t really a problem for me.

Just ask yourself if you're okay with this. Are you approximately four dollars okay with this?

My only complaint against this notebook is its limited availability. The only physical bookstore I’ve known to carry the brand is Borders, whose recent bankruptcy reduced the number of Piccadilly-carrying stores by 50%. But try to get it through Borders if you can, because Borders, as a rule, carries Piccadilly in their clearance section, and the pricing tier is 3.99/4.99/5.99 for small/medium/large, instead of the suggested retail price of  6.95/9.95/12.95. Luckily, it looks like Borders carries some (possibly all?) of the Piccadilly line in their online store at their typical clearance price. There is hope yet!

I don't understand how a decent notebook can be this cheap. Buy up all you can, before they realize what people will pay for a little black notebook.

Piccadilly Essential Notebook – black – small – grid at Border’s

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12 07 2011
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