The following warning is from the people (person?) behind Engrave Your Tech in Portland. My husband fact checked it for us after I showed it to him and we are choosing not to laser Moleskines anymore.
Engraved Moleskine Update!
08.25.08 | Categories: moleskine.
WARNING : DO NOT LASER ENGRAVE MOLESKINES WITHOUT THE PROPER FILTRATION SYSTEM. BURNING THEM CREATES HIGHLY TOXIC GASES INCLUDING PHOSGENE AND CHLORINE GAS. THE HYDROCHLORIC ACID PRODUCED WILL CORRODE EVERYTHING IT CONTACTS.
Unfortunately, I am no longer engraving directly onto Moleskine notebooks because the cover material (PVC) is dangerous to engrave. Although the final product is safe, burning PVC with a laser off-gasses toxic gases such as chlorine and phosgene gas : (
I’ll be offering a far superior, reusable, safe and natural alternative in late September mid-November. I’d like to thank everyone for their support! Your patience will be rewarded. Feel free to enter your email address to receive updates.