Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook Comparison

Are you looking for a little more analog in your life? If you are suffering from eye fatigue, or just want to organize your thoughts with pen and paper, a Leuchtturm1917 Notebook can help! In the past year, Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks have spiked in popularity due to the rise in bullet journalers around the world. Bullet Journaling is a system developed by designer Ryder Carroll and can be done in any notebook, with any writing instrument. However, if you are keen on using your fountain pens, you’ll want to make sure you use a notebook like Leuchtturm1917 that contains fountain pen friendly paper.

That being said, here at GouletPens.com, we currently offer three different varieties of A5 size Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks. Trying to differentiate between the regular Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook, the Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal, and the Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner can be tricky. We’ve put together this comparison video and blog to give you all the details and figure out which notebook is the best for you!
Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook comparison from left to right: A5 Weekly Planner, A5 Notebook, and A5 Bullet Journal.
Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook comparison

These three types of Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks have a number of things in common including the following:

  • A5 size which is a European sizing measuring 145mmx210mm or 5.7in x 8.26in. People like this size because it fits in your lap and is easy to write in, but can also slide quickly into your bag or backpack
  • A stretchy elastic band to keep it closed
  • Back pocket for safe storage
  • Paper quality- all the paper in each of these notebooks is fountain pen friendly
  • Numbered pages for quick referencing (the Weekly Planner is numbered by the weeks)
  • Thin, rigid, durable covers
  • Filing stickers
  • Bookmarks for easy reference
  • Affordable- around $19.50-$25 for each of these, depending on type
  • Threadbound and lay flat

At a glance, these commonalities can make all of the Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks seem alike. However, when you get down to the nitty-gritty details, you find many unique characteristics that make them better suited to different uses.

Leuchtturm1917 A5 Bullet Journal Notebook

Ryder Carroll's Leuchtturm1917 A5 Bullet Journal Notebooks.
Ryder Carroll’s Leuchtturm1917 A5 Bullet Journal Notebooks

At a glance, the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Bullet Journal notebook looks very similar to the other two options. However, it is only offered in two colors, Black and Emerald, and features an embossed cover that reads “Bullet Journal.” It has 248 pages of dot grid paper, which is slightly less than the regular Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook.

When you open it you’ll notice the following:

  • A key on the left inside cover with room to add your own
  • Name & Contact info on the first page made of thicker paper
  • Bullet Journaling Tips from the creator of the Bullet Journaling system, Ryder Caroll
  • An index (index is used to quickly find collections
    in your bullet journal)
  • A Future Log which is on pages 1-4
Symbol key on the inside cover of the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Bullet Journal with a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Turquoise fountain pen.
Symbol key on the inside cover of the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Bullet Journal

Some additional features are found on pages 241-248 include the following:

  • An introduction to bullet journaling
  • Definition of Rapid logging
  • Helpful Tips
  • An overview of Collections
  • An overview of Migration
  • An overview of Indexing

If you are considering picking up the Leuchtturm1917 A5, some of pros are the Key & Tips at the beginning in the end of the journal. This is especially helpful if you are new to Bullet Journaling, because you can quickly reference them if need be. The same goes for the explanation of symbols, and overviews of collections, migration, and index. The three bookmarks come in handy, too, because you don’t have to scramble to find your collection. Finally, since the majority of the pages are numbered with a dot grid ruling, they are easy to adapt to your own style, whether that is a minimalist approach or highly artistic.

Some of the cons of using this the Bullet Journal as opposed to any of the other Leuchtturm1917 A5 options are that there are less pages, and no removable note pages in the back. It is also only available with a dot grid ruling, so if you like lines or blank, no dice.

You can find the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Bullet Journal in Black or Emerald at GouletPens.com for $24.95.

 Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook

A colorful spread of Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebooks with sticker decorations.
Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebooks

The Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook is an awesome all around notebook. It has all the features of the other two, but is offered in a variety of colors that come and go over time, including special edition and limited edition notebooks. The cover is plain, which allows you to cover it in stickers or decorate it as you see fit. There are 249 pages in each notebook and it is offered with lined or dot grid ruling. It’s great for people who already have a Bullet Journaling system that they are working with or are looking to really customize it to their needs.

Closeup detail of a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook with a customized calendar, written with a Lamy Al-Star Purple fountain pen.
Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook with a customized calendar

Some other features include:

  • 2 bookmarks, one stripped, one solid
  • Perforated pages for easy removal at the back

If you are thinking about picking up a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook some of the pros are the variety of colors and the open format and multiple ruling options. If you are not planning on Bullet Journaling per se, this notebook will work as a journal or diary.

You can find the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook at GouletPens.com for $19.95.

Leuchtturm1917 A5 Weekly Planner

Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Weekly Planners with a TWSBI Eco Clear fountain pen.
Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Weekly Planners

Of the three A5 Leuchtturm1917 options, the Weekly Planner is the most unique. It has a number of helpful features to help organize your year and keep you on track. However, if you are trying to bullet journal, this is probably not the notebook you are looking for as it follows a much more traditional planner format. It has 144 pages of 80g cream paper, which is significantly less than the other two notebooks. On the left hand side, there is a dated weekly format, while on the right there is a lined page for notes about the week. It’s a great format for keeping track of the days, planning ahead, and using the note page for expanding on projects or events happening that

When you open it, you’ll notice the following:

  • A 3-year overview featuring the previous, current, and next year
  • Year overview with phases of the moon and room for even
  • An official holiday calendar for 58 countries
  • A dated project planner with January-June on left page, and July-December on the right
Project planning feature inside of a Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner.
Project planning feature inside of a Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner

Some additional features at the back of the weekly planner include:

  • 3 sheets of blank paper, with 8
    sheets of detachable paper for notes
  • A removable guide with lined ruling on one side and a graph ruling on the other
  • A removable address book and birthday calendar that is transferable from one year to the next.

The pros of the Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner are that it is significantly thinner and lighter than other Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks. If you want a more traditional planner, this is a unique format that would serve you well. The transferable address book is definitely a plus, especially if you need easily accessible addresses and phone numbers.

However, on the cons side, it has a rather rigid formatting- if this works for you, great! Otherwise,
there isn’t a lot of room to customize. Additionally, the left side with dates is blank, the right side is lined and there are no
dots for guidance. Because the left side is blank between the lines for the day of the week, ghosting seems to be worse because of blank paper. Finally, this weekly planner must be purchased yearly, instead of used as you like it.

You can find the Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner from July to January at GouletPens.com for $24.95.

A gif flipping through the pages of a Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid custom bullet journal.
The pages of a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook customized into a bullet journal.

In addition to the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebooks, we carry several other offerings from Leuchtturm, including B5 notebooks, Sketchbooks, and pen loops. See our entire Leuchtturm1917 selection here!

Which Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook do you use? Leave a comment and let us know!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team


2017-11-03T18:54:33+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Paper Reviews|16 Comments
  • MP

    A5 Notebook with Dot Grid. Love it, love bullet journaling, and love using my fountain pens to do it.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      What is your favorite pen to use with it?

      • Hummingbird5

        I’d love to hear this, too, MP. I find it best to use fine nibs on Leuchtturm paper, since it’s pretty absorbent.

      • MP

        I don’t really limit myself. For the small dates and things I have to write in, I use my Pilot Metropolitan fine, but I use my Goulet stubs (1.1 & 1.5) on a couple of Jinhaos for headers, inspirational quote copying and such as well as other Jinhaos with various Goulet nibs for different colors, etc. My newest pen, a TWSBI 580 AL with a fine nib, is part of my everyday journal writing too. I’ve used everything from an extra fine to a broad to 1.5 stub. Show through doesn’t bother me because I write on both sides and it essentially disappears. I only very occasionally get bleedthrough and usually only with the broad if I sort of sit on a letter as I think (does that make sense?). But I don’t really do any drawing, just writing, so that may make a difference.

        I love the smoothness of the stubs, but I also love my fine nibs for recording lists and calendar items in that small 5mm grid spacing.

        I’m a relative fountain pen newbie, so the pens and inks I’ve used so far are somewhat limited, but I’ve tried at least 12 different inks with all Goulet nib sizes, and I’m a completely satisfied customer. I haven’t tried Rhodia webnotebooks, but for me the significantly larger page count for Leuchtturm is an important factor. I’d be using up the smaller notebooks much too quickly otherwise.

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          I love all the variety in your pens. Never a dull writing day!

  • Susan J

    I use all three – the Leuchtturm notebook, planner and bullet journal, all in the A5 size. I tried one dot-grid Leuchtturm notebook a few year ago, and was completely hooked. Now I would be lost without any of those three!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      That’s so great that they all work for you! It’s such a great feeling when you find things that work perfectly for your life!

  • Sharon

    Here’s a very nerdy note on German pronunciation: the “ch” in Leuchtturm is not pronounced like the “ch” in “chair.” It’s more like the “ch” in “Bach” or “loch,” but that’s not exactly right either. It’s softer, not as far back in the mouth. So: instead of creating the sound with the tip of your tongue against the back of your teeth, or with the back of your tongue against your soft palate (like you would do a “ck” sound), the “ch” in Leuchtturm is made about halfway back, between your tongue and hard palate. Bring your tongue up so it’s *close* to your hard palate, but not quite touching, and let the air hiss through there – kind of like mimicking a cat’s hiss. 🙂

    (We don’t really have this sound in English…it’s why people joke about needing to keep plenty of water handy when you speak German. LOL.)

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Very interesting. I may or may not have been sitting here practicing that as I read it. Thanks, Sharon.

      • Tom Johnson

        I sure did, what a great description of how to pronounce this. We need an app that can hear us pronounce the word and give us a score on how well we did it!

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          Sounds like a genius app idea!

      • AnneP

        My sister was sitting next to me while I read this “silently” and said, “What are you doing?” HAHA

    • Loretta

      I found this video this morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZw0HAdt49o.

      Very informative. And as I also have a German last name (thanks to my husband, a 2nd generation American), I found it fascinating and I now know for sure, how to say the last part of my German name!

  • Schmoo Theune

    I LOVE my Leuchtturm1917 regular A5 dot grid notebook. It’s the one single notebook I use to fill with notes for my intensive German language course, going on straight for 8 months now. It’s about 2/3 full of notes and exercises and words and tables, and if I lost it on the U-Bahn… well, I don’t know what I’d do. (I joke about this a lot but it’s actually not a joke at all – it’s probably my most valuable possession as an expat learning the language!) I mostly use a Sailor 1911 pen in Fine to keep things tidy, although I have also used a variety of others, including a super juicy Omas Ogiva and a firehose Visconti Homo Sapiens. The paper holds up so well (although not so well in Leuchtturm jotbooks.)

    Thank you, Goulets, for this great post! I can always count on you for a fresh take and beautiful inspiring images to keep me going through the week. <3

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      What a great use of your notebook! Hope it continues to serve you well!

  • Janet Good

    I’m on my 3rd Leuchtturm1917 notebook that I use as a bullet journal, and I can’t imagine using anything else. The size is perfect, I love the color choices and the paper (dot grid) is so smooth and holds up nicely. I add on a pen loop too, so I always have a good pen nearby! I also use the Leuchtturm “Some lines a day” journal and I write in that with my Lamy Safari with the dark violet ink… You really can’t understand how poor regular paper is until you use quality stuff… it’s like but-tah!