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Hi everyone, I would like to submit to you my little dilemma for 2021. I have been extremely satisfied with my Moleskine daily planner (1 day per page) as for the writing experience and the overall feel and look of the diary. However, I do frequently find myself taking notes at work. Some of them are just to keep track of what I'm doing, some others are to be rewritten (although you won't like it, but for this task I'm using my iPad as I've lost so many notebooks in the past while moving from one place to another that I'd rather keep everything safe in the cloud). Of course my daily planner is not meant to be a notepad. I am quite undecided as to what is being offered on the market. I don't like small and thin notebook as they won't last very long (mind you, my writing is far from being organised). At the same time, £20+ of notebook for such task may be a little over the expensive side. I was fascinated by Atoma but, unless you buy their refill, the hole punch to make t shape cuts costs a fortune.
Anyway, any suggestion will be considered and surely appreciated. ;)
 
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Probably not what you want, but when my free office notepad supply dried up I bought a few of these https://www.cultpens.com/i/q/RH25273/rhodia-classic-stapled-notebook-a5-(148-x-210)-black with squared paper

Not luxurious, but do the job just fine and not too expensive. You don't say how much you jot down, but 96 pages would last me quite a while.
Thank you. You are right, i didn’t specify how much I jot down. I would say about a page or 2 per day on average (sometimes more sometimes less). Hovewer, if the quality of these Rhodia is acceptable (i.e. the paper is not too rough) at that price point I won’t mind getting 3/4 per year.
 
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Thank you. You are right, i didn’t specify how much I jot down. I would say about a page or 2 per day on average (sometimes more sometimes less). Hovewer, if the quality of these Rhodia is acceptable (i.e. the paper is not too rough) at that price point I won’t mind getting 3/4 per year.
The paper is quite smooth. Hard to describe things that are relative, but if I run the pad of my finger over the sheets, there's a tiny amount or friction. I also bought a couple of these as I wasn't sure which I'd prefer and the Clairefontaine paper is even smoother, there's hardly any resistance, so if that's your main criteria then could be worth spending a little bit more. The cover on the Rhodia is plastic (I think) while the Clairefontaine is textured card, so the latter definitely feels more expensive.
 

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These people are good to deal with - and carry a huge range - I use Rhodia and Midori notebooks mostly - the Japanese paper is superb - but not excessively expensive - I used a Traveler's notebook for years - as diary and notebook - it is essentially a leather cover - and you can load it with whatever inserts you need - the set up cost is fairly high - but they will last a lifetime - the leather ages beautifully. Cheers - I

 

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These people are good to deal with - and carry a huge range - I use Rhodia and Midori notebooks mostly - the Japanese paper is superb - but not excessively expensive - I used a Traveler's notebook for years - as diary and notebook - it is essentially a leather cover - and you can load it with whatever inserts you need - the set up cost is fairly high - but they will last a lifetime - the leather ages beautifully. Cheers - I

Great link Iain, they have some lovely pads and paper ect, some quality stuff. P.
 

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These people are good to deal with - and carry a huge range - I use Rhodia and Midori notebooks mostly - the Japanese paper is superb - but not excessively expensive - I used a Traveler's notebook for years - as diary and notebook - it is essentially a leather cover - and you can load it with whatever inserts you need - the set up cost is fairly high - but they will last a lifetime - the leather ages beautifully. Cheers - I

Iain,
I have taken your advice yet again and have purchased a brown Traveler's note book in leather to be used as a diary / note book to bolster my poor memory and as you say it will last a lifetime. Purchased from The Journal Shop, l also purchased some quality writing paper with envelopes because I want to get back into the lost art of letter writing, this will help my hand writing no end and bring pleasure to my elderly perents who I'm sure would love to receive a letter from me rather than a email or phone call.
The pen I will be using is the Pentel Stylo which I find to be a fine writing tool.
I am currently using a Rhodiarama note book and I find the paper a joy to write on.
Any further infomation that may help me would be greatfully received .

All the best,

Paul.
 

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That's way beyond my paper budget, but looks very nice. I like having a nice pen, but not so fussy about what I use it on
I understand you balking at some of the prices of paper but for you to get the best out of a really nice pen it needs paper to match IMO , even a pen of not so high quality would benifit from good paper stock, but as in the shaving game YMMV ect....:) P.
 
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