Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Leuchtturm1917 Large Notebook

From the company website:


Founded in 1917, Leuchtturm can look back on over 90 years of experience in the production of high-quality stationery. The company was re-established in Hamburg from 1948. From the 1960s, Leuchtturm’s international expansion continued apace, culminating in the company becoming the world’s leading supplier of postage stamp and coin albums. Axel and Max Stürken took over management at the end of the 1990s as the fourth generation to head the traditional Hanseatic family-run company.
Experience and consistency are important requirements for quality. Quality gives ideas a solid foundation on which they can develop. We are convinced that small details can make a big difference.

Company building

Some items, such as the springback binder, are still made in the same way as they were back in the days when the company was first set up. Since then, many items have been added to our range. All LEUCHTTURM1917 items unite the belief that success stems from quality and well thought-out detailed solutions. Today, LEUCHTTURM1917 stands for premium quality in more than 50 countries."

I had never tried the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks and have heard both good and bad things about them,  so I figured that it was time to try them for myself.

I purchased this notebook from Goulet Pens but they are available in the US from a variety on retailers and in a variety of sizes:

MASTER / Size: (225 x 315 mm) Slightly bigger than A4, so that A4 sheets can be conveniently stored away.
MEDIUM / Size: (145 x 210 mm) Equally suitable for your writing desk or on your travels. A double page is just the right size for A4 photocopies. (Large in the US)
POCKET / Size: (90 x 150 mm) The size to carry around. Fits in the inside pocket of your jacket.
REPORTER / Size: (90 x 150 mm) Just as handy as POCKET, but functions like a writing pad. Also available without the pad.
MINI / Size: (55 x 80 mm) Address book in credit card size for your wallet.

The medium and pocket sizes also come in a variety of colors.

Available colours: Turquoise, Cornflower, Pink, Lime, Lavender, Caramel, Tobacco, Taupe, White, Black, Royal Blue, Navy, Red.

At the time that I purchased my notebook, the plain paper was only available in only black or red, so I got the red.

The notebook has a contents page so that you can reference pages in the notebook, each page is discreetly numbered at the bottom right hand corner.

This notebook opens very flat, with minimal encouragement.

The paper is fairly thin which allows the provided grid to be seen and used.

I found that the paper is fairly well behaved with minimal feathering.


There is a lot of show through but minimal bleed through with all the pens and inks that I tested.  I'm ok with the show through but disappointed that there is bleed through.

These are not inexpensive notebooks ($14) but they are substantially less than the same sized Rhodia Webnotebooks ($25). They are a decent alternative, but not perfect.


mim said...

Thanks for this link - I'm not familiar with this notebook. More used to Rhodia and Moleskin. Think I might get one of these. Nice cover colors in Pocket.

Azizah said...

I kinda like these notebooks, even with their faults (bleedhthrough, sometimes I get feathering) but they're prettier than Moleskines, IMHO so that's a plus. I like colours!

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