Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

Summary: What's the technology I'd least like to lose, the thing you'd have to pry from my cold dead fingers? Well, you will have to pry a Moleskine notebook and pen from my hands when I am dead.

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What's the technology I'd least like to lose, the thing you'd have to pry from my cold dead fingers? Well, you will have to pry a Moleskine notebook and pen from my hands when I am dead.

The Moleskine, a venerable notebook made by Moda & Moda of Itally, and a Rotring fountain pen (either the classic Rotring 600 or the more recent Initial) make the best system for collecting ideas and notes anywhere I travel. Compared to the many PCs I've owned over the years, the Moleskine notebooks have never crashed and I have every single note I've ever made stored on a shelf in my office. Moleskines can be labeled and shelved for easy reference. If I need notes on a particular topic, such as e-books, which I am working on these days, I keep a notebook about just that topic. I also have general notebooks stored by date, so that with a little idea of when I had a discussion, I can quickly find the notes.

I keep two to five Moleskines, each dedicated to various topics or the current date, on my desk at all times. I pick which notebook to take to a meeting based on the topic to be covered. While I haven't tried it, the Moleskine can now be pre-printed with your own templates, making the book completely personal from unwrapping.

Email archives, which I have dating back to 1998 (the previous mail accounts, back to 1988, were lost along the way), are a distant second in personal record-keeping. The fountain pen, which works reliably and never wears out—Rotring's steel nibs could be used as a lethal weapon, then to write a graceful couplet—is always ready to record a thought. The Moleskine's archival-quality paper ensures that, even after I am dead, someone will be able to excavate my thoughts. I'll be writing in one of these notebooks until the very end.

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  • I need to wear my tin foil hat more often...

    I was going to write about this same thing! My moleskin notebook goes with me everywhere, and occasionally so does my Rotring fountain pen. I generally prefer a less bulky writing instrument and sometimes even use the refill from a ball point pen.

    Which moleskin do you use? I prefer the small quarter size and I sometimes glue my own covers to them. They are very slim, I can slip it into my jacket.

    I use them as a catchall, for my ideas and interviews. It's amazing how much they can hold.

    I sometimes call it my hipster PDA - always-on, stylus input and very rugged. And very green.

    There's a place for older technologies. My son Matt surprised me a few years ago when he was 17. For Christmas he asked for an Olivetti typewriter and a Rotring fountain pen set! (He gave me the silver one.) I thought that was so cool.
    foremski
    • I use a couple different Moleskines

      I have the ruled 13x21cm hardback for topical notebooks on my desk,
      the softcovers for general notetaking and ideas--there are several
      lying around the house, including on my nightstand--and then I have
      the small ruled hardcover, the classic one, in my pocket at all times.

      The thing I find strangely enjoyable is curating them. Going through
      them and collecting notes into related areas. Strange how satisfying
      this manual act is.

      I have been stockpiling Rotring 300s (the pentagonal pens that feel
      like an industrial widget) but gravitating to the new, sleek Initial since I
      picked on up in Leipzig a few years back. I also have a couple Mont
      Blancs for sitting and writing.
      Mitch Ratcliffe
  • I <3 MOLESKINE!

    That is by far my favorite lil notebook...
    jessiethe3rd
  • RE: Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

    same here, completely agree!
    bluenote84149
  • RE: Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

    Ha Ha. Apparently you are not alone.

    http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2009/02/24/122-moleskine-notebooks/
    txscott
    • I can live with that....

      as I am awfully white.
      Mitch Ratcliffe
  • Paper Blank and Perfect Pencil

    Not sure if the Moleskine is more of an American product.
    I'm used to Paper Blanks - and I swear on the Faber Castell
    Perfect Pencil.
    Nuada
    • I considered the Faber pencil

      as my technology, but really do use my pens more often.
      Mitch Ratcliffe
  • RE: Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

    Reliability, permanence, ease of use, comfort. Not to mention the ability to just write without the spelling or grammar checker adding those little reminders to 'fix me'.

    They also are personal. one of my daughter's prize possessions is her grandmothers recipe box, all of them written in her own hand. Somehow Times Roman just doesn't have the same soul.

    I'm not familiar with the Rotring. I do have a Shaeffer Targa that fits me well.

    Keep the faith
    brg626
  • RE: Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

    Moleskin is quite expensive, but it really does the job. I'm always wanting to get my writing ideas down, and the convenience of having this notebook in my bag is just perfect. I would not trade handwritten notes for the electronic ones.
    muellerl20
  • RE: Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

    FYI- Rotring makes a gorgeous collapsible aluminum pencil that makes a great companion to a Moleskine for writing on the run, including standing up against the wall of a train station.
    blafkinm
  • RE: Don't take my Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

    Loved the post and I want a Rotring 500 or the new one. Very hard to get info from their site but I'm working on it. Thank you for suggesting a solution to a problem with frequently not working fountain pens!
    coachjudynelson
  • Why?

    You can do everything you boasted about with a regular notebook for a fraction of the price of a Moleskine branded one. This post is so ignorant and elitest.
    andrhamm