I've been using a variety of notebooks over the years, and seem to keep coming back to the Moleskines. There's something wonderful about their design and the way they are put together, something indefinable. The elastic is just the right tension, they feel great in your hand, the covers look better as they get worn. These notebooks look great even when they're 3/4 filled and starting to look tatty! I'd give it 5 stars if the paper, lovely though it is to write on with ballpoint pens, also shone when using a fountain pen.