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.
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.
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).
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!