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LEUCHTTURM1917 Dot Grid Medium Notebook Review – Writer's Bloc Blog

LEUCHTTURM1917 Dot Grid Medium Notebook Review


Leuchtturm is based in Germany and has been producing quality stationery products since 1917. This family-run company has the motto “details make all the difference.” Let’s see what details the LEUCHTTURM1917 medium dot grid notebook includes.

The first thing I noticed about this notebook that distinguishes it from many other similar notebooks is that the pages are numbered, 1 through 249. To make it easy to find your notes there 3 pages in the front with a blank table of contents that includes a column to jot down the page number and another column to make a note of the “topic”. This is a really handy feature to have if you need to refer to specific things in your notes in the future after you’ve forgotten where everything is.

The binding of the LEUCHTTURM1917 dot grid notebook is thread-bound, which means that it will open flat and the pages will not fall out. If you need to tear out a page, there are 8 perforated sheets in the back that can easily be removed.

The slim hard cover is made with a synthetic, very lightly textured material that comes in five colors: Lilac, Lime, Caramel, Pure White and Turquoise. The cover is plain except for a small embossed “LEUCHTTURM1917” on the bottom of the back cover. An elastic attached to the back cover wraps around the front cover to keep your journal closed. Inside the back cover there is an expandable pocket for keeping notes, receipts, programs etc. Inside the front cover is a space for writing your name and address.

The LEUCHTTURM1917 dot grid notebook includes some labels for the cover so that you can identify the contents of your notebook. There are three labels for the spine (approx. 3/8” x 7 1/2” each), two ruled labels and one blank label for the front cover (approx. 1 7/8” x 2 3/8” each). There is a matching ribbon bookmark to help you find your place. The size of the medium notebook is approximately 5 3/4” x 8 1/4” and it is about 3/4” thick.

The paper is ivory color with a light grey 5mm x 5mm dot grid pattern that doesn’t quite go to the edge of the page. It is acid-free, 80g and is called “ink-proof paper” that can be used with your fountain pen. I tested it with several fountain pens and found it has better quality paper than the LEUCHTTURM1917 notebooks of a few years ago, but it is not as good as Clairefontaine or Rhodia paper for use with fountain pens. There was a little bit of feathering, a little bit of bleed through, but mostly the problem was with show through on the back side of the page. 80g paper makes it possible to have 249 pages in a nice compact size, but it might be better to have fewer pages and thicker paper. I was able to use both sides of the page as long as I carefully selected the ink color and nib size that I used. This journal is probably not the best choice if you want to write on both sides of the page with a fountain pen. However, there are plenty of other features to like about the LEUCHTTURM1917 dot grid notebook!

What is your favorite LEUCHTTURM1917 stationery?

NOTE: Since this article was published, Leuchtturm has discontinued the turquoise cover on the dot grid notebook but is still making it with black and many other color covers.



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One Reply to “LEUCHTTURM1917 Dot Grid Medium Notebook Review”

  1. I write as a somewhat biased person with an unending fascination of notebooks and stationery, having acquired literally a few hundred notebooks for various purposes. My criteria is: quality of paper and binding, usefulness, and aesthetic appeal. Leuchtturm is one of the 10 brands of notebooks which I buy and use regularly.

    I can’t speak highly enough of the usefulness of the Leuchtturm notebooks. There are three pages in the front for an ample table of contents. Each page is numbered, which makes the table of contents practical. The quality of the covers and the binding is top-notch. Some bound notebooks make for awkwardness in writing in certain sections because the extreme curvature of the pages where they are attached to the spine, but this is not a problem with Leuchtturrm. The colors of the covers do not fade!; and there are long labels for titles that can be attached to the spines, so the notebooks can be shelved and easily accessed.

    Currently, I have 18 Leuchtturm notebooks in all of the colors. Most are dot-grid, with some ruled, and I have been using them since Writer’s Bloc first started carrying them a few years ago. I use them primarily as on-going “working ledger books”, each notebook devoted to a particular area of interest or project. For example, when I moved my residence, I sectioned a certain number of pages for each aspect of the move, from preparation, to packing, to notifications of the move, expenses involved, et al. And, during the move, I daily referred to the notes and added or amended information as required, thus providing a record of the entire process for future reference and also as a log of activities, names, dates.

    The notebooks devoted to a topic or area of interest, function more like journals, to which I periodically refer and add entries, such as “Weekend Auto Trips”. Because of the number of pages, I rarely have to be concerned about having enough space for writing.

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