31 Jul 2014

my first leuchtturm 1917 notebooks

Leuchtturm 1917 is a brand that has been on my radar for quite a few years now and the only thing keeping me from adding a few to my collection of notebooks was the price point. When I saw them on sale at The Paperie, I decided to add four to my ever-expanding collection of notebooks. I didn't realise that The Paperie was having a closing down sale (as I've had these notebooks bookmarked on Safari for ages and check the links from time to time in the hope of there being an offer) so I was sad to hear that they are closing down. The service I received for this order was great - the notebooks were received extremely quickly for an order that included free postage.

I chose (from bottom to top) emerald, neon orange, berry red and large turquoise. Let me just clarify one thing: where it says neon orange - it really is a neon orange. Think highlighter-glow-in-the-dark-in-your-face-orange.

I opted for ruled notebooks and my plan for these is to use them for revision. At the end of each week, I will go over the learning objectives that were covered and then do them within this notebook. This means that when it comes to revision time, I can just pick up this notebook for that module and I'm good to go. I did this towards the end of my first year and it seemed to work quite well. The rule is faint and narrow and the paper is slightly cream in colour.

I've not yet had a chance to try it out but the paper feels a bit thin and not dissimilar to Moleskine paper. Now, I have a gripe with Moleskine paper as the quality wasn't great when I first used one a few years ago and it meant I couldn't use rollerballs or gel ink pens (pretty much a deal breaker in my eyes). I'll make sure to blog again once I have started one of these notebooks up (it will probably be sometime during the new term in September or October).

Included are some stickers and at the back, there is an obligatory pocket that most notebooks have.

Each notebook came with a leaflet that offered up some information about the Leuchtturm 1917 brand and also the other products they do. If I get along with the paper, I would be interested in trying out one of their diaries. Of course, I do have The Planner by Seeso that I want to crack into for 2015/the new school year so we'll have to see...

I do love a high quality notebook in a pretty colour so the Leuchtturm 1917 brand has definitely met half of that expectation. As for quality, I hope it doesn't let me down when I break out the first one of these bad boys. One of the best points of these notebooks is that each of the pages are numbered - I've wasted a lot of time numbering pages in various notebooks!

Have you ever used a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook? If so, what are your thoughts? Is the paper confirming my worst fears of being similar to Moleskine paper? I think even if it was, the colourful nature of the notebooks definitely make me consider compromising and just sticking with biros when using one of these beauties...


  1. I love these!

    They are cheaper and much better than Moleskines in my opinion. I used to work at a Papeterie and they were so popular because of their style but having 80gsm paper. I use them for EVERYTHING, they are absolutely perfect to me.

  2. the colours are so gorgeous!
    amelia from wonder reads

  3. LOVE the orange one!
    Might have to go hunt one down for myself :)

  4. I used these several years ago and loved, absolutely loved, the paper. I used them for journaling and my pens glided across the pages with ease. I like the lines and the page numbers. I'm on a "purchase pause" for 30 days and I don't need any blank journals. But I'm glad you reminded me of this. Thank you.