Leuchtturm1917 has a collection of slim, light-weight notebooks called Jottbooks. They fit the definition of a cahier according to Google – an exercise book or notebook – except they do not have the visible stitching on the spine that Americans often think of when they hear the word cahier.
The Jottbook is a little different than the typical cahier notebook because it is paginated. In other words, there are 60 numbered pages and a blank index in the front that can be filled in to help you find the contents in your journal later.
In the lined Jottbook, each numbered page has rules that go to the edge of the page and they are narrow ruled – about 6mm apart. The color of the lines is a subtle light grey that serves as a light guideline and doesn’t interfere much with the appearance of your writing. The pages have a little extra space at the top where the date can be written if you need it.
The paper is off-white, acid-free and 80 gsm. The manufacturer description says that it is “ink proof” or no bleed, but I would have to say this paper would not be my first choice for fountain pens. There was a bit of feathering with some inks as well as some bleed through. You can take a look at the scanned writing sample and decide for yourself. It definitely does better with some ink than others. I thought it worked fabulously with the mechanical pencil. (I think the ink I described as Violette Pensse in my writing test got mixed with blue and I had forgotten about it – sorry!)
The Leuchtturm1917 Jottbook is thread-bound which allows the notebook to be opened flat and prevents pages from falling out. If you need to remove a page, 32 of the pages are perforated and can be cleanly removed from the Jottbook.
The cover of the Jottbook is made from a flexible laminated stock that has a slight texture and it is plain except for the brand name Leuchtturm1917 embossed on the bottom of the back cover. The corners are rounded and inside the front cover there are spaces for your name and address. There are also a couple of stickers included with the notebook – one blank and one lined – in case you would like to label it.
From the Leuchtturm1917 website: current cover colors include black, white, caramel, red, pink, lavender, lime, turquoise, cornflower, navy, tobacco and taupe. Sizes include A4 (210 x 297 mm), pocket size 3 5/8″ x 5 7/8″ (90 x 150 mm) and large 5 5/8″ x 8 1/8″ (145 x 210 mm). Paper is available as ruled, squared or plain.
Writer’s Bloc has both the lined pocket size and large Leuchtturm1917 Jottbooks available in sets of 3 earth cover colors which include one black, one white and one caramel. We’ve used Writersblok Bamboo notebooks and Moleskine cahiers in the past, and we are currently enjoying the Jottbook. What is your favorite cahier notebook?