Moleskine notebook (the brand I've used for years) and I decided to give Piccadilly a try as my new notebook. I have to say there are some noticeable construction differences between the Moleskine and the Piccadilly, but there is also a huge price difference and that may make up for any slight shortcomings. I always say every notebook has some features I like and some that I don't. I have never been able to find all the features I like in a single notebook. Leuchtturm's table of contents, for example, is a great concept, but it doesn't cover all the pages, so its not "perfect."
multiple formats. I chose the squared pages because I like the size of the grid and the flexibility of writing notes or charts/diagrams. The paper is acid free and has an off-white or cream tint to it. The paper color is very similar to Moleskine. The elastic strap closure, ribbon bookmark, and back cover pocket are all there. One of the most noticeable differences between the design of the Piccadilly and the Moleskine is the absence of an "In case of loss..." page in front of the Piccadilly. The lower back cover has an attractively understated, embossed P logo in laurel wreaths. The ribbon marker is pure black (as compared to Moleskine's dark purple), and is a thinner silk fabric, where Moleskine's material is a heavy braid. The page and cover corners of the Piccadilly are rounded, the binding is sewn, and the spine in noticeably more squared than the Moleskine. The lack of any arch to the Piccadilly's spine is attractive, but may inhibit the ability of it to lie flat when opened. It seems a little stiffer than the Moleskine now-- we'll see if that changes with use.
Sharpie Pen, so I don't use anything fancy like a fountain pen. A Sharpie is fairly heavy, though, so I'm confident the paper stands up well to dark ink. I do think the Piccadilly ribbon is of disappointing quality. It seems papery compared to the, loose, limp, heavy feel of the Moleskine's.
I will update my review after a few months of wear and tear. The big question for me is, will this notebook stand up to lots of opening and flattening, tossing into a bag, dripping water (or knowing me scotch), etc. Please comment if you have experience with these notebooks or particularly if you have different opinions about this product. I always like to hear different takes on notebooks and accessories!