I don’t think it’s a big secret that I’m not a fan of Moleskine notebooks. It’s based purely on my past experiences using fountain pens. The paper is just too inconsistent and I don’t want to do the research to find those few inks that are Moleskine friendly. And what if I don’t have those inks? I have to buy more ink? Then I have to make sure my pens are filled with that ink when I want to write in a Moleskine. No thank you. I’ll stick to paper that works with every ink I’ve ever used.

However, I did come across one of the coolest uses for a notebook I’ve ever seen: a case that holds your writing instruments in a vertical orientation. This would allow very easy access in a backpack, purse, or messenger bag. It does involve chopping up your notebook and making it completely unusable as its intended purpose, but then it wouldn’t really be a hack otherwise. While I would never think about doing this to my Star Wars Moleskine I would do it if I received a regular Moleskine as a gift. What about you? Anyone eager to slice and dice one of their Moleskines?

Moleskine notebook case

Moleskine notebook case open

Moleskine notebook case operation

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  • http://goldspot.com Tom Oddo

    I've been writing in a Moleskine Journal since Jan 2010 and have been dedicated to filling the entire thing. This was, of course, before I knew any better that Moleskine paper would not be friendly to many of the fountain pen & ink choices I would write with. I now have less than 20 sheets left to fill and I will finally be able to wrap it up, put it away and buy a Rhodia to continue my journaling.

  • http://monkeyphotomcr.blogspot.com/ John the Monkey

    As much as I dislike the paper, I can't imagine doing this to one!

    My lined pocket Mole is used as an idea book – the plain reporter I use as a doodle pad. When I use ink in the latter, I can only use one side of the page (too much showthrough) but at least they're not going to waste :)

  • CosmicSlop

    I'm interested… I have dozens of blank Moleskine notebooks – Borders used to have GREAT sales. I bought them before I started using FP's again and realized their paper is so inconsistent.

    That being said, what's the link to the original poster of this hack?

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      I can't remember the original link. It was in French and didn't provide any instructions.

      • CosmicSlop

        Aww man… Ok thanks.

  • Dan

    Where did you get the mini tri-scale ruler?

    • Jon

      The rulers are available in engineering or architect scales at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.

  • http://economypens.blogspot.com Economy Pens

    Hehehehe – Moleskine paper is so thin, the pen goes through all of the pages.

  • ExcaliburZ

    I wonder how this compares to a cloth pouch and the like. How tight would it hold the pens?

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      I'm assuming how tight it would be depends on how big you make the slots. The photos show it to be pretty universal to fit a lot of different items, but you could tailor it for certain pens.

  • Wilson Hines

    Yeah, that will be just about all it will withstand! I'd actually love to have one of these.

    Can we get some Google Plus sharing capabilities here?

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      Google Plus sharing added.

      • Wilson Hines

        Thanks. I've just added this website to my RSS feeds, found you through Goulet's site.

  • http://www.paperspaces.net JS Butterfly

    This is simply genius! Found this page from FPN. I'm so glad I found it!

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  • Hans

    Cool idea. ^_^

    Btw. does anybody know the brand of those pens?

    • englishcomp

      THey look like a range of Rotring pens and pencils. Awesome writing tools.

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  • http://twitter.com/CaptainGroovy JJD

    I bought a Moleskine notebook once it proved to be useless with a fountain pen I stuck it my day pack with a pencil. I never wrote in it but worked great to shred to start a fire, worked great