Here’s a nice detailed look at one user’s switch from Moleskine to Leuchtturm: Hello Leuchtturm1917, goodbye Moleskine!.
The blogger at Recording Thoughts has been using squared Moleskines for a while but started to find the quality inconsistent:
Ever since Moleskine moved their production to China every book is a little different than the previous one. The cover feels different, or the binding is tight, or it smells funny, or something.
His main complaints were that the graph paper lines had become darker and thicker, and aren’t as precisely aligned as they used to be:
I have to agree with him on the darkness of the graph lines– Moleskine squared notebooks have always been one of my favorites and I’ve used many of them over the years without ever having such dark lines as in the one I just opened most recently. It really is distracting.
Of course, Moleskine’s production has always been in China… but they definitely seem to be having some trouble finding factories with the capacity to higher volumes of notebooks at the quality people have come to expect.