Friday, June 12, 2009
An array of Piccadilly products. Wire-O, The System, Notebook, and Leather Look.
While it certainly looks like a Moleskine, is the Piccadilly Notebook a suitable replacement for the well known and significantly higher priced Moleskine?
Piccadilly Small: 3.5" x 5.5" $5.21 - Moleskine same size, $10.00
Piccadilly Medium: 5" x 8.25" $7.46 - Moleskine 5.25" x 8.25" $$15.00
Piccadilly Large: 7.5" x 9.75" $9.71 - Moleskine - not available
Piccadilly Pages: Small 192 Medium and Large 240 - Moleskine same.
Piccadilly Line Spacing in Medium: 6mm - Moleskine same.
Piccadilly Hard cover, off white paper - Moleskine same.
Piccadilly Paper: 80gm Acid-Free - Moleskine weight unknown, Acid-Free
Piccadilly plain and graph versions are available, as is a soft cover version. (Same with Moleskine - though additional versions of the Moleskine are available as well.)
The Piccadilly isn't as wide as the Moleskine, and as I've been recently using journals that are wider than Mole, I feel that the Piccadilly is a little too narrow for my tastes.
Same number of pages - but it would appear that the Piccadilly is using a heavier weight paper. Both books have a ribbon bookmark and use an elastic closure - but the one on the Piccadilly is extremely loose. I used to have problems with the elastic on the Mole coming off in my purse and I really prefer a tighter closure. Spine is rounded on the Moles, and flatter on the Piccadilly - and to me, it actually feels too tight on the Piccadilly. Cover material on the Piccadilly looks similar to the Moleskine, but it's not textured like the Mole. Mole seems to do a better job at hiding fingerprints. Each books chooses to place their logos on the lower rear of their cover, making both of these journals very non-descript for those who love the "Plain Black Journal."
The Piccadilly, like the Moleskine, both opens flat and lies flat - but the sections do feel a little tight on the Piccadilly.
Large back pocket, but it is not reinforced with a heavier paper on the sides as is the Moleskine.
A word on the Piccadilly spine... remember how I said that it felt tight? The back cover isn't lining up properly.
you can also see the mis-alignment on the inside of the back cover.
Ruling is the same (6mm) in both books, but the ruling is much darker in the Piccadilly. Despite this poor quality image, the paper colors are similar, with the Piccadilly being ever so slightly more yellow than the Mole.
If you are not a fountain pen user, you can stop reading here. You will probably find that the inexpensive Piccadilly Notebook to be a good substitute for the Moleskine.
Fountain pen inks are water based, and are sometimes problematic on certain papers. Most fountain pen users find that very few inks will consistently write with no feathering, spreading or bleed-through in a Moleskine.
For the Fountain pen users, Piccadilly Paper is about the same slightly scratchy as you get in a Mole. Feathering, spreading & bleed-through is maybe a little better to about the same as a typical Moleskine.
An example of Herbin's Rose Cyclamen spreading in the Piccadilly.
In conclusion - if you don't mind a slightly narrower journal, and one that may have a little QC issues with the cover, than by all means - save your self a few bucks with a Piccadilly Notebook.
If you are a fountain pen user and are using a Moleskine, you may see a slight improvement in paper quality... or not, depending on the ink and nib width you are using.
Buy direct from Piccadilly. Also can be found at Borders bookstores.
Listed prices on Moleskine are from Moleskines.com