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Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Composition Notebook Review

Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Composition Notebook Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

Over the past five years or so, I've collected numerous Leuchtturm notebooks of various sizes, colors, and paper types. I'm a big fan of the notebooks and use them as part of my job to take notes and keep on top of projects. Despite owning several and having almost an entire shelf dedicated to full notebooks, I've never tried their Composition notebook.

Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Composition Notebook

The Composition notebook is a softcover notebook that's a bit larger than the standard A5 notebooks they offer. Leuchtturm calls it a Slim B5, and that's a perfect description. It's a 10" x 7" notebook with all the niceties you've come to expect from Leuchtturm. As far as I can tell, the only thing missing in these notebooks is the inclusion of a "Date" line at the top of each page. Instead, each page is simply full-bleed dots, lines, or plain paper.

The soft cover is also a really nice touch considering the size of this notebook. I can imagine that a hardcover book might be a bit harder to handle and pack than the malleable softcover on the Composition notebook, and I'm already a big fan of the A5 softcover notebooks.

With 121 sheets, there's plenty of space to write, draw, doodle, and dream for quite a while. The paper is the standard 80 gsm that you'll find in any Leuchtturm notebook, and it handles different ink types fairly well. Fountain pens with larger nibs do tend to show through a bit on the back of the page, but it's not so bad as to prevent me from using the back page for most things. As far as bleeding and feathering, I've never had any issues with that regardless of pen and ink combo.

Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Notebook Bookmarks

As you might expect, the Composition book also has a convenient pair of ribbon bookmarks that are color coordinated with the cover, and you also have a matching elastic closure band to keep the notebook closed when not in use.

Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Notebook Pocket

Leuchtturm also includes a large pocket in the back that contains an assortment of label stickers and some literature about the brand. I normally store this stuff in the back pocket in case I need it, but you could certainly toss them if you don't think they'll be useful for you.

Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Notebook

The front of the notebook contains a front page for you to write your personal information, and it also contains a few pages for a table of contents or an index based on the page numbers. And yes, all the pages are numbered in this notebook, making it easy to keep track of where things are.

Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Notebook Writing

Another thing I love about this notebook is the number of options you have when purchasing one. You have an assortment of colors to decide on, and you also have your pick of plain, dotted, or ruled paper with each color. The best way to view all the available colors is to check online, but you can usually find Black, Anthracite, Pink, Nordic Blue, Navy, Orange, Army, Azure, Berry, Emerald, Fresh Green, Ice Blue, Red, and Sand. Phew. What a list.

Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Notebook Back of Page

Finally, at just under $24, the Composition notebook is a great value considering the size, paper quality, and page count. These are high-quality notebooks that will suite you well, regardless of what your pen of choice happens to be this month. If you're in the market for a larger notebook, you can't go wrong with the Leuchtturm1917 Softcover Composition notebook.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Leuchtturm 1917 Softcover Notebook Review
Posted on November 14, 2018 and filed under Leuchtturm, Notebook Reviews.

Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines A Day Journal Giveaway

Image via  Goldspot

Image via Goldspot

Daily journaling can be a difficult task, but Leuchtturm1917’s Some Lines A Day Journal makes it easy for you. Each day is separated into a 3-to-4 line width block, with an open date format allowing you to pick it up and start any time. I have one Orange cover journal to give away, courtesy of my friends at Goldspot, so read the rules below, and enter away!

Posted on May 15, 2018 and filed under Giveaways, Leuchtturm.

Leuchtturm1917 Limited Edition Hardcover Pocket Notebook Review

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The Leuchtturm1917 limited edition hardcover notebooks are almost exactly like their standard counterparts, but they have just enough extra pizzazz to make it worth the extra couple of bucks. Having been a Leuchtturm fan and customer for many years, I didn't think much about the shiny new colors this year, which mark the company's 100th anniversary, but having one in hand changed my opinion.

If you've never owned a Leuchtturm notebook, you should consider changing that. They're not ground-breaking in any sense, but they just work well and look great at the same time. Want something that looks like a Moleskine but performs well? Leuchtturm is one of the many high-quality options for this category, and the shiny limited edition notebooks take this a step further.

Leuchtturm1917 Cover

The silver version I have is shiny, smooth, and almost white in direct light. The banding and bookmarks are a matching light gray that work well with the overall color scheme. Color-coordinated banding to match the cover color is nothing new for Leuchtturm, but I'm glad to see that the gray works well with the shiny silver. They even went the extra mile and added silver accents to the included sticker pack for labeling and archiving your notebook. It's small touches like these that make me happy to have one of the limited edition notebooks.

Leuchtturm1917 Review

Once you make it to the inside of the notebook, everything is standard. For those who haven't had the pleasure of using a Leuchtturm notebook, the paper is a fantastic acid-free 80gsm with minimal coating, giving it a great feel and fast dry times for most inks. In my testing, you can almost always expect a small amount of show-through on the back of the page with most inks, but it doesn't make the back page unusable. The only ink I normally have trouble with in Leuchtturm paper is the Schmidt P8126 refill — the refill found in the Retro 51 Tornado. Apart from that, mileage will vary depending on the ink and nib combo, but it's reasonably well-behaved with most inks.

Leuchtturm1917 back page.jpg

The dot-grid pattern on this paper is perfect — a medium gray dot spaced at about 5mm. Of course, all Leuchtturm books have numbered pages, and this one is no exception.

The notebook features two bookmarks — one is a solid light gray, and the other is a striped gray. This makes it easy to keep track of two different sections of your book. The closure band is also strong and secure, keeping your notebook closed securely when not in use.

Leuchtturm1917 Bookmarks

Being a pocket notebook (A6), it can have trouble staying open and laying flat on its own. Once the spine is broken in a bit, it stays open easier, but it's always going to have trouble given the small size.

The only exterior branding is located on the lower back cover — a small embossed Leuchtturm1917 logo. There's not much branding on the interior — just the standard information page at the beginning of the book followed by a couple of "contents" pages so that you can organize the notebook into paginated sections for easy reference.

One thing to note is that any information, marketing, or literature is repeated in 3 languages: German, English, and French. It can be a bit distracting to see three versions of the same thing, but it's minimal since 99.9% of the notebook is blank. It's really only noticeable on the packaging.

Leuchtturm1917 Info

There are 187 pages in the notebook, along with 12 perforated, detachable sheets in the back.

I've always enjoyed Leuchtturm notebooks, and this one is no exception. They've well-made, perform well, and are affordable. A perfect combination and value!

Along with silver, you can also find the limited edition notebooks in gold and copper in dotted, ruled, and plain style. Each notebook is just under $18, which is about $5 more than the regular colors. If you ask me, the extra money is worth the shiny pop of silver, gold, and copper on the cover, and a great way to support the 100 year anniversary of a beloved stationery company.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Leuchtturm1917 Back Cover
Posted on January 3, 2018 and filed under Leuchtturm, Notebook Reviews.