Leuchtturm 1917 | A5 Notebook Review

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Today I’m going to tell you about my new favourite notebook: the Leuchtturm 1917. I actually came across this after I found that the paper quality in the Moleskines had dropped quite significantly to the point where I couldn’t use a fountain pen in them because the paper feathered. The Leuchtturm 1917 is one I’ve seen lots of people use (the dotted version is very popular for bullet journals) so when I had to buy a new lined notebook I decided to give it a try.


The first thing I like about the Leuchtturm is it comes in basically any colour you want. I got it in bright yellow. But there is over 12 different colours for you to choose from. It also comes with stickers for the spine so you can index your notebooks. I’ve actually found over the last year I like to date when I started and finished using a notebook. It’s just a fun thing to look back on. The Leuchtturm also has 3 index pages at the front along with numbered pages, this is another really useful detail because it saves me from having to do it manually like I did in the Moleskines.


Most importantly I can use pretty much whatever pen I want in it. I’ve found it’s nicest writing with a gel pen but I can use my Lamy Safari and I’ve even used a Copic Marker in it. The Copic bleeds through the page slightly but thats to be expected and the bleeding isn’t as bad as what I’ve seen in other notebooks.

I think the Leuchtturm 1917 has become my new favourite notebook. It feels nice, I like writing in it and it’s slightly cheaper than the Moleskine.

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  • madbooklove

    I started bullet journaling in March and went with the Leuchtterm 1917 dotted in orange and OMG, I can never go back to a Moleskin. I’ve only enough space for September (maybe) in my orange one, so I’m onto a new one, squared in emerald. They are worth every penny! As far as pens go, I’ve fallen for the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. Enjoy!

    • bluchickenninja

      Yeah so many people use the Leuchtturm for the bullet journal now. Apparently a few months ago there was a worldwide shortage of them because so many people wanted to get into bullet journalling. I had planned on getting one to replace my gridded Moleskine when it was full but I ended up getting a different type of planner.

      And omg yes! I love the Staedtlers. But I’ve been really liking a nice gel pen just now too. I got a couple from Muji recently and I think they are my new favourite pens.