Used the Alwych notebook, like them, prefer a hardback for now and love the Denbigh, especially with my fountain pens. A little bleed through but nothing that bothers me and the nib (fine) glides across the paper. I like the Denbigh so much that this was a bulk order of 12 to ensure I always have one around. The size is perfect for the bag and jacket pocket. Over the years I've used Smythson (Panama and Chelsea), Mulberry, Moleskin, amongst many others and none are better than the Denbigh (or Alwych). I now never purchase any others.