Leuchtturm1917 vs Moleskine

Friday, April 15, 2016

Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks

Bullet Journaling is a system that can be used on any type of notebooks. However, if you've been bullet journaling for a while, then you'll know that there are certain notebooks that are considered to be the favourites in the bullet journal community:


Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks

I've been wanting to try the Moleskine notebooks for a while now, so I decided to get a squared one to use separately for my blogging. In today's post I'm going to compare my Leuchtturm1917 to my new Moleskine to see the similarities and the differences between the two.


SIMILARITIES

  • They both come in a variety of colours
  • Both brands offer a choice of hard and soft cover.

Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks

  • You can also have a choice of plain, ruled, dotted or squared
  • Their pages have a very similar colour - a lovely cream shade.

Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks

  • They have an expandable pocket at the back.
  • Both have an elastic enclosure band.
  • They are thread bound notebooks that open flat.
  • They have acid free paper.



DIFFERENCES


The first difference is their price. You can get Leuchtturm1917 for €18.95 (here) and Moleskine  for $12.91 (here)


Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks


There is a difference in size. My Leuchtturm1917 is an A5 size (14.5 x 21.5 cm) and the Moleskine's size is 13 x 21 cm. So, Leuchtturm1917 is slightly bigger.

Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks


Leuchtturm1917 has 249 pages which are also numbered, while the Moleskine has 240 pages and they're not.


Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks


Leuchtturm1917 comes with a blank table of contents while you have to create one in your Moleskine.

Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks


Leuchtturm1917 comes with 2 page markers while the Moleskine comes with one. Leuchtturm1917 also has 8 perforated and detachable sheets while Moleskine has none.

Added to this, Leuchtturm1917 has ink proof paper which means that you very rarely get bleeding through the paper, but you can however get some ghosting. The Moleskine though has thinner pages which makes it unsuitable for fountain pens.

Comparing the Leuchtturm1917 and the Moleskine bullet journal notebooks


Lastly, the Leuchtturm1917 comes with stickers for labeling and archiving which come very handy, while the Moleskine doesn't.

* I've also made a very detailed post reviewing my Leuchtturm1917 which you can find here.

Very similar notebooks with a few differences that might make the difference for some people. Clearly, if you're using fountain pens the Moleskine is not for you. Or if you prefer to have already numbered pages and a table of contents, then again the Leuchtturm1917 is a better choice for you.

Me personally, I like both notebooks. I think they are very good quality and they are perfect for bullet journaling. However, my favourite one is definitely the Leuchtturm1917. The thickness of the pages and all the extras that it offers give it the top place for me.

Which notebook are you using for your bullet journaling? Have you tried any of the ones mentioned in the post? What do you think?



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