Leuchtturm 1917 A5: The Life Sidekick

I’ll be straight forward with you all.. The Leuchtturm1917 notebook was the notebook that kind of started it all for me in my adult life. I’ve always just dealt with the crappy composition notebooks and notepads at work and through out life. I’ve dealt with the frustration of ink bleeding through and never having structured notes. It was chaos until one day I stumbled upon a random group on Reddit talking about ways to structure notebooks and how to be better at organization. This was the notebook of choice due to the robust features and amount of pages it came with. This was also the first notebook I had owned that had a “Dot Grid”. So, let’s just cut to the chase and dive in pen first 🙂

Leuchtturm A5 Review

Leuchtturm1917 is a German company founded in…1917… Throughout the 60’s up until the 90’s they really made their name in the postage stamp industry and coin albums. There are even some products that are still manufactured the same way when they started in the 1917’s.

This notebook blew through the roof just a few years ago when the Bullet Journal community just exploded. For awhile these notebooks were very limited stock and you always had to place an order to have it imported over but thankfully now they are pretty easy to get a hold of at some stores in the US and Amazon.

The Bullet Journal community adopted the Leuchtturm1917 notebook because the features just lined up perfectly with how the journaling system works. There is a built in index for referencing page numbers, the pages are already numbered so you don’t have to maintain that yourself, there are two ribbon bookmarks instead of the typical singular ribbon bookmark that you see in Moleskines and Rhodia notebooks, they are pretty durable, they come in several colors, and have about 80 more pages than the Moleskine A5 notebooks and Rhodia Webnotebooks have coming in at about 250 pages total.

Leuchtturm A5 Review

On the inside front cover there is a section you can put your name and address information in case it is lost.

Leuchtturm A5 Review

There are three dedicated pages for the Index/Table of contents allowing you to put the page numbers and subject before the notebook starts.

Leuchtturm A5 Review

Like I said earlier,  the Leuchtturm1917 notebook comes with two ribbon page-markers. The colors go along with the outside notebook cover. Typically one is a solid color that matches the notebook and the other is a grey stripe on whatever color notebook you have. The one I am using for this review is an army green color.

Leuchtturm A5 Review

Leuchtturm A5 Review

Leuchtturm1917 states that the paper is 80g “Ink-Proof Paper” but that doesn’t really appear to be the case. What I’ve found in my day-to-day use is that pens that write very wet don’t bleed onto the next pages but the paper does like to “Ghost” (when the writing on the other side of the page can be seen through the paper).  I really don’t mind ghosting at all. I write on the fronts and backs of all my pages and it typically covers it all up anyways. If it liked to bleed through.. well.. that would be another thing.

Leuchtturm A5 Review

On the inside of the back cover there is a pocket that is pretty nice to keep a smaller plastic ruler, maybe a small A6 sized notebook, or notes/receipts.

Leuchtturm A5 Review

Leuchtturm A5 Review

In the pocket the notebook comes two ruled square sticker labels and one blank one for front/back covers if you wish. It also comes with three binding labels for archiving your notebooks.



  • Numbered pages
  • Variety of color options
  • Two Ribbon Page-markers
  • Cover Band stays pretty tight
  • Works fairly well with fountain pens


  • Ghosting may be an issue for some


Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook

Price: $20 on Amazon

Sizes: A4, A5, A6, A7, and B5

Paper: Off white / cream

Layout: Blank, Ruled, Grid, Dot Grid

Colors: 20+ color options

Bound: Thread-bound


I know it doesn’t have as strong of paper as Rhodia does but I do love the paper in these notebooks. These are great for journalling, doodling, planning, and everything else. I’ve been using a Leuchtturm1917 everyday since late July of 2016. We’ll see if anything else can make me change my mind 🙂

Anyways, let me know what your thoughts are on Leuchtturm in the comments below or message me in the contact section of the blog and be sure to check in with Leuchtturm occasionally because they just had their 100th anniversary and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer in the next few years. Thanks for reading as always!!

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