Leuchtturm1917 Vs Moleskine: Which Bullet Journal to buy?

I may only have been bullet journalling for two years, so I’m new to the Leuchtturm1917 vs Moleskine debate. But being new gives me a fresh pair of eyes into which bullet journal to buy from these contenders. (Nerdy, I know…)

My first bullet journal was a Moleskine notebook, with squared paper and around A5 sized, which I was perfectly happy with. When it came to choosing my second bullet journal though I had heard about a brand called Leuctturm1917 (a brand I hadn’t heard of before).

After some research I was sold, and bought, the Leuctturm1917 dotted notebook. So this past year I’ve been unintentionally comparing the two notebooks (as you do). Here’s what I’ve found:

Leuchtturm1917 Vs Moleskine: What’s the difference?

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There’s not a tremendous gap in size, and only a difference of 9 pages? No big deal. Admittedly, I was wary of going to a dotted notebook over a squared one though (if only because the squared lines made drawing lines easier when I couldn’t be bothered to dig out a ruler). I also wasn’t fussed about numbered pages (so what?) or a table of contents either (I can make my own).

However I’ve come to realise how much neater the dotted lines look on the pages, as they’re less intrusive than the squared lines. The numbered pages and the table of contents also started to appeal to me after a while. (I have a lot of pages in my bullet journal, so it’s helpful to flick to a page I need to quickly).

Leuchtturm1917 Vs Moleskine: Which Bullet Journal to buy?

Above: Leuchtturm1917 Below: Moleskine

There are similarities too, though. Both notebooks open flat and both have an elastic closure. I have found the Leuchtturm1917 easier to work in when opening it flat, personally, whereas the Moleskine feels thicker.

I’ll give credit to where it’s due though, as Moleskine is the cheaper notebook and more widely available in the UK. Rymans, however, is the only place I’ve seen who are Leuchtturm1917 stockists in the UK.

I agree some of this is down to a matter of taste (plus you can buy dotted Moleskine notebooks too), yet there are some other features with the Leuchtturm1917 that gets my vote.

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted notebook review

Leuchtturm1917 dotted notebook review

Like I said, I had never heard of Leuchtturm1917 until I heard other bullet journallers mention that they use the brand of notebooks. As I often do before making a new purchase I did some digging and research, but I discovered many of the benefits to the Leuchtturm while actually using it.

The first big difference is the paper; it’s ink proof. I was always the kid that came home from school with ink-stained arms from the awkward way I write. For someone who is clumsy at handwriting, still to this day, it’s impressive that I’ve not made one smudge in my bullet journal. This also means ink doesn’t bleed through to the next page (a problem I’d noticed with my Moleskine).

Leuchtturm1917 free archive stickers on top of dotted notebook

Another feature is the two woven ribbon bookmarks too. At first, it wasn’t immediately obvious why I’d need two woven ribbon bookmarks. But as time moved on I found this to be a particular useful function. As many other bullet journallers I have weekly spreads, so I place one of these bookmarks in the current week I’m in. I place the other bookmark in the fold that includes my spending log for that month. I can easily flick between the two, which is so, so helpful!

Since researching this blog post I’ve also realised some other benefits to Leuchtturm1917. Like how there’s a handy storage pocket in the back cover (containing archive stickers I totally forgot about) and perforated detachable pages. And of course, Leuctturm1917 come in an array of colours. But despite that, I still went for black. (Because you know, black doesn’t get old.)

Leuchtturm1917 Vs Moleskine

Leuchtturm1917 Vs Moleskine: what is it for you?

Having tried both notebooks when I’m new to bullet journalling, the Leuchtturm1917 wins it for me. In a few months time I will be looking to buy my third bullet journal, in preparation for next year and I’ll definitely be buying another Leuchtturm1917 dotted notebook.

So what do you think about the whole Leuchtturm1917 vs Moleskine debate? Have you tried either of these two notebooks and which one did you prefer? Leave a comment below and let me know, or perhaps there’s another brand of notebooks I’m yet to try!


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