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Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks, A Review - Part 1

Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks, A Review - Part 1

 For a moment, think about how would you answer this question:

I will spend a bit more on a notebook for its  _______________

A. style / looks

B. durability

C. paper grade

D. brand name

E. extra features


If you are already a fan of Leuchtturm1917 notebooks then you are probably looking for "all of the above". It's OK, we understand; you've been a bit spoiled, no longer having to settle on your notebook's features. You already know that Leuchtturm notebooks pretty much have it all.


Leuchtturm new colors 

So why have fans of the century-old German stationer Leuchtturm (meaning 'lighthouse'), simply stopped looking elsewhere? This review breaks down our five criteria above to see how the Leuchtturm1917 hardcover notebook stacks up.

A. Style / Looks

The classic style of a simple black rectangle with rounded corners and elastic closure band has stood the test of time. Akin to the iconic nature of the spotted composition notebook, just a bit less juvenile, this is a notebook for grown-ups. 

Leuchtturm1917 hardcover notebook on professional desk

Its understated design feels quietly dignified, somehow instantly comfortable in any setting. Whether at the ready atop your well-appointed desk, in-hand and en route, or even shelved among leather-bound classics, a black Leuchtturm notebook always seems to complement, never clash.

Leuchtturm1917 notebooks with other books

Bored of black? Leuchtturm notebooks are also available in 16 other colors, each with matching elastic closure bands. Their selection of colors spans the full rainbow, even including 5 different shades of blue.

Leuchtturm1917 notebook colors

Customizing Leuchtturm1917 notebooks with your logo or company branding? We love customizing Leuchtturms. Their leather-like cover material takes beautifully to foil imprinting, with sharp images and crisp text.

Custom Leuchtturm1917 notebooks with logo and custom page inserts

Custom page inserts have a bit more room for your designs, being .5" wider than other notebooks. For a 2-page insert, that's more than 16 square inches of additional room. How will you fill that space?

B. Durability

When you hold a Leuchtturm notebook in your hands, you'll notice the solid feel and use of quality materials. Leuchtturm's pages are all thread-bound, adding strength to the journal's overall structure, and also allowing it to lay flat when opened. For seasoned notetakers, this is a big plus.

Leuchtturm1917 hardcover notebook lays flat when open

Leuchtturm's aforementioned leather-like cover material is a rugged synthetic blend with a rigid, hardcover backing. Its elastic closure band is a thick, tightly woven nylon material that gives plenty of stretch without easily losing its shape. The band attaches to the back cover, feeding beneath the cover material about an inch; so no need to worry about it becoming detached easily.

Leuchtturm1917 durable hardcover material and elastic band

PART 2 will consider our last 3 criteria: paper grade, brand name, and extra features.

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