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​Bullet Journaling for Writers 8 - The Leuchtturm 1917 vs the Moleskine

With both my current personal and writing BuJo’s coming to an end in the next few months (what a scary thought, having to prep two new BuJo’s at the same time), I thought it would be a good chance to splash out and buy a Nordic Blue Leuchtturm 1917 A5 squared notebook. And as quick as you can say overnight shipping, my beautiful new BuJo arrived on my doorstep—and just as I hoped, it is beautiful.

So with great excitement I began to compare the Leuchtturm 1917 vs my Moleskine…

Round 1 - Size and Shape and Pages:

From a quick visual inspection it’s pretty easy to see that even though the Leuchtturm 1917 is the same height as the Moleskine, when it comes to the width, the Leuchtturm 1917 is approx 1/2 an inch wider. This could come in handy in terms of habit tracking and daily journal entries. From looking at their physical dimensions the Leuchtturm 1917 is 145 x 210 mm, where as the Moleskine measures 130 x 210 mm.

In terms of page numbers, the Leuchtturm 1917 has 249 pages (5 of them being perforated), while the Moleskine has 240. Extra pages are always a good thing in BuJo’s.

One big bonus with the Leuchtturm 1917 is that its pages are numbered, no more having to hastily scribble messy page numbers when you’re in a hurry. And there is also a date section at the top of the pages.

Another bonus with the Leuchtturm 1917 is that it contains two bookmarks, I think this will be really handy to mark your daily page, and also a collection you use quite often.

Round 2 - Paper quality:

In terms of paper weight, the Leuchtturm 1917 also comes in ahead of the Moleskine. The Leuchtturm 1917 has a paper weight of 80 gsm, while the Moleskine has 70 gsm. This is important in terms of ink bleed through, which is always a bad thing in a BuJo. The other difference between the Leuchtturm 1917 and the Moleskine is the paper color. It might not be evident in the photo, but the Leuchtturm 1917 paper is a lighter shade of cream compared to the Moleskine. There are also differences with the printed squares, with the Leuchtturm 1917 squares being a light grey, and the Moleskine squares being a darker brown. Personally, I prefer the lighter squares, as they are less intrusive when they’re not being used.

I can’t really compare the Leuchtturm 1917 and the Moleskine anymore right now until I actually start prepping my new BuJo, and before that happens I have to figure out which of my BuJo’s will finish first. I have a funny feeling it may be my writing BuJo.

The one thing I do know is, I can’t wait to start writing in my Leuchtturm 1917 BuJo.

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