I was really excited by the Leuchtturm 1917 and was totally drawn in by the copper cover! So lets get straight into the review of the Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal!
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Right up front the the cover is Metallic Copper and this particular one is limited edition. The cover seems to damage quite easily and if this is going to be your day to day notebook or journal, I would suggest getting a cover as without trying I already scratched it. The cover is hard cover and this particular notebook is A5. The official “Bullet Journal” by Ryder Caroll us made by Leuchtturm so we would assume the quality is right up there!
There is an elastic closure band. There are many colors of the notebook which is great! I am personally loving the limited edition nature of these though.
We then hop into the first page and this a generic “Welcome – this book belongs to….” vibe with some space for Name and details.
We head into the contents pages which are really great and clear. There are 2 book mark ribbons, and 251 numbered pages. There is no pen holder on this.
The dots are 0.5cm squared, and the paper is 80gsm and is a slightly ivory color.
The paper feels a little thin in comparison to the buttery goodness of Scribbles that Matter, or even the Rhodia Goalbooks
There are 27 dots across and 39 dots down.
The fabric/paper pocket hybrid in the back seems to be robust and inside the pocket was a series of stickers for archiving. I did like that quite a bit.
There is a lovely back page which is branded and would be a good spot for those pen tests!
For the pen test, again I used my usually very bleedy/ghosty culprits and while Leuchtturm claims to be bleed proof there definitely was some ghosting.
With watercolor there was very limited pilling of the paper which was great, and minimal bleed through for the watercolor too.
Overall I liked it, but honestly cannot see what the hype is, other than being limited edition and Leuchtturm.
Limited bleed through
A lot of numbered pages for creation
The archiving stickers are a cool touch
Paper is a little thin in comparison to other brands
I feel its a bit hyped up – great branding
Overall: I have no problems with this notebook, it would be a good one to start out with, but the price point is a bit high for what you are getting.
I think its a 3.5/5 for me. I would use this, but would probably first use my Lemome, Scribbles that Matter and then my Rhodia.