This is my second review of a Monsieur Notebook, you can read my first review here. I received this notebook as I had backed there Indiegogo project. Due to backing there project I was able to pick any type of paper I wanted. I went for my personal favourite, dot grid. Before I continue with this review I do advise you to read my previous review as I will be referencing it.
As soon as I opened the notebook I met the same problem I had with the first notebook….. the binding. On certain parts of this notebook it looks like the pages are separating not only from each other but from the actually notebook itself. I think this could be happening as the binding is to tight or the fact the notebook doesn't really have a sturdy spin.
The paper is 90gsm and for the most part it doesn’t do a bad job with handling fountain pens. You don’t really get much feathering while using a fine or extra fine nib. Anything bigger than this does suffer from noticeable feathering. The bleed through is pretty noticeable regardless of nib size. You can get a fountain pen notebook that uses 100gsm paper (I have included reviews of this at the bottom of this review) The paper handles everyday gel and ballpoint pens pretty well with less bleed though. Dry times are roughly around the 20 second mark for fountain pens but nearly instant for gel and ballpoint pens. One issue I have with the quality of the paper is again there are random marks on different pages. There doesn’t seem to be any set pattern with regards to the marks.
I really want to like the Monsieur notebooks as I love the look and feel of them but once again the quality of the paper and binding stops me from using them. If you do use these notebooks I would love to hear want you thing of them!