Leuchtturm1917 Review – A5 Hard Cover Dotted Notebook

Color Green Leuchtturm1917 notebook for bullet journaling and planning on desk flatlay

Halfway through this year, I decided I wanted to start bullet journaling, 
 inspired by the productivity and organization, as well as creativity, of a few YouTubers that use this planning technique. When I decided to give it a try, I knew nothing about the best notebooks and supplies for bullet journaling. That’s why, I decided to rely on the opinion of some of the experts in this area, and ended up buying the A5 Hard Cover Dotted Leuchtturm1917.

This notebook, which retails for $19.95, is available in 21 colors. I decided to go for the basic white one because I know I easily get tired of colors and I would’ve ended up hating bullet journaling.

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What You Get

As soon as I opened the package that the Leuchtturm1917 came in, I was pleasantly surprised. It comes in a very thin plastic film and it straight up looks like it is a very good quality notebook.

Once opened, in the first page you find a little booklet on Leuchtturm1917’s history and details. You’re also met with a card that thanks you for the purchase, details the company’s mission statement. I personally really loved and enjoyed the card, as I feel like it brings a human touch to the notebook itself.

As soon as you take the booklet and the card out, you can see a space designed to write your name and address.

After that page, you find 3 pages for the index of your notebook with tow columns for the page numbers and topics.

The next thing you find are the 249 dotted and numbered pages of your actual notebook. Little detail I really liked is the fact that the last 8 pages are perforated so that you can use those to scribble and sketch without worrying about ruining your notebook.

At the end of the dotted pages, you’re met with a sticker sheet for archival purposes, which include three cover plates and three stickers for the spine of the notebook. This way, if you end up buying many Leuchtturm notebooks throughout the years you’ll be able to recognize each of those by their stickers.

Finally, you find a back pocket, that is pretty ample and sturdy.

Technical Characteristics

The Leuchtturm1917 comes with 2 bookmarks, and what I love about them is the fact that they are in two different colors, which makes it easier to keep track of two different pages in your notebook.

It also comes with an elastic enclosure band, which will prevent the pages from wrinkling when you put the notebook in your bang to bring it around.

Another thing I really appreciate is the fact that the thread-bound book opens flat, as I personally find really annoying when the notebooks can’t stay open by itself.

The paper has an off-white cream color, so it’s not bright white, but it’s definitely a warmer white..

The dots are, in my opinion perfect both in terms of their size and of their color, which is not deep black, but has more of a medium to light shade. This two aspects make the dots easy to see but not too evident.

The Leuchtturm1917’s website claims that the paper is ink-proof (with a weight of 80 g/sqm). I noticed that people had very different opinions on this particular subject. So, I decided to put the paper to the test, using 5 different pens, that are the ones that are mostly used on notebooks, as well as markers and watercolors.

Leuchtturm1917 Review Pen Test and watercolor and markers test

What I ended up with was definitely something I expected. As you can see from the pictures above, all the pens show through the page leaving kind of a shadow, which some people might not like, but that I personally don’t really mind, as I feel like it adds some character to the notebook.

Watercoloring is something you should really be careful about if you want to use this notebook for that as well. The paper is not super thin, but it’s definitely not thick, so if you use a lot of water the paper will wrinkle. However, it will hold up pretty well if you use less water.

Finally, the markers, contrary to what I thought, hold up pretty well with one and two strokes, but they do start to bleed through on the third stroke. So you should definitely be careful if you want to color on your notebook with markers, which, in fact, are very hard to work with on almost any kind of paper.

Review Recap – The Pros and Cons of the Leuchtturm1917

Keep in mind that these are the pros and cons from my personal point of view. For example, I really enjoy the warm color of the pages, but other people might prefer a cooler white shade for their notebook paper color.


  • Sturdy and high-quality looking cover;
  • Strap, double bookmark, labels, and pocket features are very nice and useful;
  • The pages are numbered;
  • It has a content index;
  • The dots have a very nice color and size;
  • Great size;
  • It lays flat by itself;
  • It comes in a bunch of different colors.


  • The paper is thin, so you’ll definitely get some ghosting as well as some bleed through if you use markers too much on the same spot;
  • It doesn’t come with a pen loop, which you can buy separately and stick into the back cover.

Final Impression

Would I buy the Leuchtturm1917 again? Definitely! I’m pretty happy with this notebook, despite the occasional bleed through that I get with markers. However, I would really love to try new notebooks once I get to the end of this one. So, if you want me to test out some notebooks you would like to get, but you’re not really sure about, definitely let me know, cause I would be really happy to review it.

With that being said, I’m definitely going to buy this notebook again, maybe in a new color as well, since I actually really like many of the colors that the Leuchtturm1917 is available in.

If you want to buy the Leuchtturm1917, you can click here to be redirected to its Amazon page.

What do you think about my Leuchtturm1917 review? Do you agree with my opinions or do you have something else to say about this notebook? Definitely feel free to leave a comment in the section down below.

Thank you for sticking up till the end of this post. Have a nice rest of the day!

Until next time,


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