Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Leuchtturm1917 Master Slim Notebook @CouronneDuComte @Leuchtturm1917

Thank you to La Couronne du Comte for sending this very cool notebook over for review!
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Size: 22.5 x 31.5 cm
Color: Off-White
Ruling: Dotted
Pages: 121
Weight: 100 gm
Price: € 20,50
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte
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The Leuchtturm1917 Master Slim A4+ notebook is huge and beautiful. The covers are hard with slightly rounded corners. It is a solid orange - not fluorescent, but it is unmistakably orange! Inside, there is a long pag emarker and a pocket on the back cover. There is also an orange elastic closure. Lots of orange.

Inside, the notebook starts with a blank name and address page. There are then two pages as a dedicated table of contents. The sheets after that are numbered in the bottom right hand corner, in a small, tasteful type. The dot grid ruling runs end to end. The dots are grey - small, clean, and precise - that is, the dots don't spread. They're really well-printed. The last eight pages are perforated.
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I love that there are several colors to choose from, as well as other rulings, should you wish. Moleskine and Leuchtturm1917 look similar, but these are much higher quality in my experience.

The binding of the notebook is clean and tough. Overall, the notebook looks really nice, even after weeks of use. It has held up really well, and still looks almost new.
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There was also a sheet of adhesive labels for the front and spine of the notebook. A nice touch, if you want to use them.
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This notebook feels solid in hand. I love it. It is large but not so thick that it feels uncomfortable to use (and carry). The firm cover is a necessity with a notebook this large, otherwise the pages would flop all over the place. As it is, it feels robust and I love it.

The bookmarks looks good and it is convenient, but it is really long. it hangs out pretty far from the bottom of the notebook. The elastic closure is useful - snug when not in use, at the back of the notebook, and even more snug when wrapped around the notebook.

I usually do not use the back pockets inside notebooks, but in this case, I really like it. It's easy to put a full-sized/A4 sheet in the pocket without much hassle. I hate having to dig around in a pocket to extract what i put in. It's easy with this notebook because of the large size.

I love that the notebook opens so easily - no need to break the spine. The notebook lies flat and the pages don't bounce around as you write on them. I love how the notebook is not too thick. This thickness is comfortable to write on. Thick notebooks are tough for me to use comfortably because I always find my hand too high off the desk while writing and falls off the edges, resulting in hideous writing.
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On to the paper - it's pretty decent all around. It isn't overly smooth - it feels like it has a touch of tooth to it. As such, pencils were a lot of fun to use on this paper because the tooth felt like it was catching the lead. The lead was then really bold and intense. (This can vary depending on the lead grade you use as well.)

Ballpoints, gel inks, and rollerballs did well on the paper. There was minimal feathering with liquid ink rollerballs, but otherwise, no feathering, low show through, and no bleed through. Only markers resulted in bleed through.
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Brush pens were great on this paper were great - the inks were beautiful, shading really well, drying times were fast, and there was no feathering. In saturated spots, there was some bleed through. I loved practicing with brush pens (or just playing around with them) in this notebook. There's a lot of page space, too!
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Fountain pens were a mixed bag. Finer, dry nibs did best - no discernible feathering, low show through, and minimal bleed through. Medium to broad nibs were tolerated, but there was some ghosting, show through, and bleed through. Obviously then, BB+ nibs were not all that usable without issue. The paper did allow inks to shade and particles were visible, but sheens were really toned down.
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There are a lot of things I love about this notebook, including the paper - even though I am limited to certain nib sizes. The size and feel of the notebook is just so enjoyable.

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This is one of my favorite notebooks now.I love how solid and huge it is. The paper is not 100% fountain pen friendly, but it's not like I have a shortage of writing utensils to choose from. I also really love how A4 sheets (and smaller) easily fit into the notebook without damage.

I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. No affiliate links.


Mike Grove said...

I agree with everything Azizah says, except that even BB+ nibs are ok with some inks. But, whatever, this is my No.1 notebook for use at home and at work (and when I say 'at work' I mean that I shun the Red'n'Black notebooks that are provided free by the company, in favour of the 1917 (in Black, for work) and at my OWN EXPENSE - that's how much I like them).

Sam Ferguson said...

Excellent review! I have the non-slim version of this that I use for taking notes at tabletop gaming sessions (I play D&D and similar games). I love the size--lots of space for notes, and the ruling (I have the dot grid as well) is perfect for either written notes, or jotting down a quick sketch of a puzzle or a map to a dungeon :)

My experience with fountain pens has been similar. I find that if I stick to narrower nibs or drier inks, they're fine. The paper quality is definitely a notch above the similar-looking Moleskine notebooks, but also definitely a notch below the also-similar-looking Rhodia and Quo Vadis notebooks.

Fortunately, I almost always have something suitable for less-than-ideal paper (usually my trust Lamy 2000 with a fine nib, loaded with Noodler's Heart of Darkness). I've found that works pretty well in this notebook. There's definitely some shadowing (which surprised me given the 100gsm paper, but probably shouldn't have given the relative lack of sizing compared to Rhodia/Clairefontaine paper), but not really any bleedthrough or feathering unless I really let the ink pool up.

Mehdi van den Bos said...

I have had similar problems with bleedthrough (less prominently feathering) I'm glad you've mentioned it in this review as it was not too commonly mentioned in Leuchturm reviews I had seen at the time of my purchase. I'm curious to see if your master size is the 100g or the 90g paper? I have the Master but in full thickness, with 100g paper and I wondered if somehow the 90g paper was paradoxically better (it was the thickness generally reviewed) . FYI my bleed through was for the following pens - Lamy Safari (EF-M), Pelikan M205 (Steel EF - 14KF), Omas 18KF, Pilot CH92 14KFM, Bock Steel EF with inks including Edelstein Topaz/Tanzanite, Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black, Iroshizuku Kon-Peki/Asa-Gao and many others, and Montblanc Permanent Grey; Lamy Blue was fine in the safari but I don't enjoy using it.

Ted said...

I have the A4, which I use for a multi-year yard journal. The oversized pages are great for tables and drawings. I use pencil on it and fine fountain pens--and I try to write quickly and lightly. Some inks go right through the paper, however.

M Boonstra said...

Do you have any idea if the paper will handle platinum carbon black, sailor nano in or de atramentis document ink well without bleedthrough?

Azizah Asgarali said...

The Leuchtturm1917 in black up there was written with Platinum Carbon Black in a Pilot Parallel 6.0 mm - low bleed through but there was feathering. I think document inks will bleed for sure, but you could get away with the Carbon Black if you don't use such a wet nib.

M Boonstra said...

Ok. Thanks!

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