If you’ve read any of my notebook reviews, you’ll know that I used the Essentials A5 Notebooks for the first 4 years of my bullet journal journey. For Christmas last year I was given a Leuchtturm 1917 in the color Army, so I switched over. Now that I have been using this notebook for nearly 9 months, I’d like to give it a review! Without further ado, here is my Leuchtturm 1917 review. This post may include affiliate links.
- 249 Numbered pages
- Blank table of contents
- 8 Perforated and detachable sheets
- Expandable pocket
- 2 Page markers
- Elastic closure band
- Thread bound book opens flat
- Sticker for labeling and archiving
- Dimensions: 145 x 210 mm (#x# inches)
- Ink proof paper
- Acid-free paper
- Available at B. Welly
First Impressions | Leuchtturm 1917
My first impression of the Leuchtturm 1917 was how beautiful it is. The notebook itself is pretty and feels very nice. It has all of the details I would want from a notebook like numbered pages, ribbon place markers, and a hardcover. I was super excited by the packaging, if anyone has ever ordered from J.B. Welly before, you know that the notebooks come in beautiful patterned paper with a nice floral card.
Pros & Cons of the Leuchtturm1917
Like any other notebook or product, there are pros and cons. This section will focus on my personal pros and cons for the Leuchtturm 1917 after 9 months of use.
- Hardcover is durable
- Elastic band keeps the notebook from getting damaged and bent
- Pocket in the back is a great place to store loose notes
- 2 ribbons make page marking more convenient
- Pages are numbered, and the notebook comes with a built-in index
- There are so many color options, it’s impossible to be bored
- Pages respond well to watercolor paint (still a little wrinkle, but really not bad)
- The dots are in the same place on every page
- Pages aren’t a crisp white (while I do not mind, this can be a turn off for some)
- The built-in index is a con for those who wish to design their own or does not want an index
- There is some ghosting and bleeding, but this depends on the pen or ink that is used
Do I recommend this notebook? Yes! I love my Leuchtturm 1917, and I do recommend it for anyone in search of a nice quality bullet journaling notebook that comes in multiple colors. The notebook is not super expensive; though more expensive than my trusty Essentials Notebook. I have used a plethora of paints and pens in the notebook with very little ghosting and almost no bleeding. While I do not recommend this notebook for a bullet journal newbie, I do recommend it for someone with a little bit more experience.
I get a lot of questions regarding which notebook I recommend, If you’d like me to do a 1:1:1 comparison of popular bullet journaling notebooks, let me know in the comments below!