In the more creative industries of London, the Moleskine has become as ubiquitous as Sailor Jerry-pattern tattoos and crap live gigs in Shoreditch.
If you are looking for an alternative then Manufactum looks like they have a cool alternative. With a cover that is made of metal-edged cardboard, that looks as robust as accountants four ring binders held shut with elastic and 288 pages inside this looks like a heavyweight contender as journal of choice.
You can get pages in blank or lined form. Unfortunately no engineers squares yet.