Leuchtturm vs. Moleskine

I’m a writer – it makes sense that I would do a post about materials and that I would be pretty obsessed with stationery & notebooks. I think it comes with the territory. When I was kid I used to love stationers. I loved to go in and buy pens, pencils, notebooks, stickers, sketchbooks; you name it, I wanted it. To be honest, I still do. I think the last time I went to Paperchase I spent over £100. I was horrified when I got to the checkout. Did I put anything back though? Nope, I took a gulp and just put it on my credit card; not the most responsible thing to do.

I have notebooks coming out of my ears. In the past, whenever I saw what I considered to be a “pretty” notebook, I just had to have it. I’ve become better at resisting this temptation as I’ve got older, asking myself do I really need this? before actually making the impulse buy. It is still hard though, particularly when it comes to journaling, diary keeping & poetry.

I like things to look pretty, and I think Leuchtturm and Moleskine have definitely tapped into that market. Particularly with the explosion of bullet journalling. Leuchtturm have all the colours of the rainbow available in their dotted notebooks. Moleskine are sleek, professional, and thoroughly unruffled.

Tell me you don’t find this pretty?

Leuchtturm vs Moleskine

  • Notebook 1917 (A5) is £15.95 vs. Classic Notebook (A5) is £15.99
  • 80gsm vs. 70gsm
  • Dotted/Lined/Blank/Squared vs. Ruled/Plain
  • Contents Page vs. In Case of Loss notice space
  • Both are paginated

This is a comparison in the most basic of senses, but it gives some idea of what’s available from the most popular ranges of these choices. I guess it depends what you want to use it for. I use Leuchtturm for bullet journalling (here the contents page comes in very handy), and I use Moleskine for my daily work/to-do and “in-brief” notebooks. I find them more flexible and more usable as less-formatted type of work. Due to the dotted/indexed structure of the Leuchtturm, it sort of leads to a more structured way of journalling/logging.

I have kept a diary since I was 13. All I’m going to say is that that is now over 10 years. I don’t write in it every day, but on average I probably write 2-3 times a week. When I want to write that day, I scrawl the date at the top of the page and let my pen go. Sometimes I write half a page, other days it’s four pages. My diary is currently an A4, 220+ page, bright red Leuchtturm. I was almost forced to buy this diary because I couldn’t find my usual choice anywhere. I’d been on the hunt for months, aware that I was coming to the end of my previous diary, and I needed a new one. For the previous three diaries I had a sleek, black, hard-cover Moleskine book. Could I find a replacement? It was like finding a needle in a haystack. This is overly dramatic, but it’s true, for a serial diarist to not have that continuity was vastly annoying. I have now found another Moleskine and I was so happy I bought two. That should last me at least another three years…

Do you care about the notebook you use? What do you prefer?


7 thoughts on “Leuchtturm vs. Moleskine

  1. Oh dear, you have uncovered my secret – I do stationery porn too! I can’t resist beautiful notebooks and diaries, and at my age have more than a lifetime’s supply… small, black Moleskine weekly notebook & diary has been a must for many years. They’re still easier to find than Leuchtturm, and often available cheaper via Amazon or e-bay, but I like the squared notebooks best of all and Moleskine seem to have removed those from the UK market a couple of years ago – big fail, which means I now tend to go for Leuchtturm. And have you come across Alwych? – Scotland’s answer – which used to be rather better made a couple of decades ago, sadly…

    1. I haven’t come across them yet – I will check them out… perhaps after next payday! I’m in danger because working on a campus, there’s a blackwells and they have Leuchtturm’s all prettily stacked in the window. It’s a trap!

      My other problem is that I never actually finish a notebook… the last few pages seem to always be left because I’m jonesing to get onto the next one!

        1. Hahaha so true! My diaries just kind of tail off… “14th July 2009″…. and then silence. Readers of the future might be like “what happened on that day?? Did she die? Where’s the next one? Quick!”

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