Leuchtturm1917 vs Moleskine | Bullet Journal Comparison

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I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say that I have a journal addiction. I love getting a new journal.  I use them to plan my life, take notes, and track personal and business growth. My favorite journals to use for everything are journals with a dot grid (Bullet Journal).  I love that I can write in a straight line, but the dots don’t limit you to stay within and specific area.  The possibilities are endless!

I consider my journals an investment because they get so much use.  A year ago, I decided to invest in a Moleskine and a Leuchtturm1917 journal. Here is a detailed comparison of each journal as well as how it lasted throughout the year.




  • You can purchase them with either a soft or hard cover.
  • Pages that are available are dotted, grid, lined, and blank.
  • It opens flat for easy writing.
  • It has an elastic to keep it closed
  • It has two, ribbon bookmarks
  • There is a built-in index for you to fill out.
  • The A5 version is 5.75 x 8.25 inches (You can also purchase a smaller or larger version).
  • The paper is bleed free.
  • The pages are slightly rounded.
  • There are 249, pre-numbered pages.
  • There are 8 perforated pages in the back.
  • It has a large pocket in the back.
  • It comes with label stickers for the front and the spine of the journal.  
  • The prices range from about $20-$35 depending on the color and availability.
  • It comes in several bright colors.

If you are interested, you can purchase a Leuchtturm1917 here.


  • The dotted version comes with either a soft or hard cover.
  • Moleskine offers multiple page types including dotted, grid, lined, and plain. 
  • It has rounded corners 
  • The soft cover has 192 pages and the hard-cover version has 240 pages.
  • It measures 5 x 8.25 inches. 
  • There is a pocket in the back for storage.
  • It has one, ribbon bookmark.
  • It has an elastic closure
  • It is priced between $13 and $20.

If you are interested, you can purchase a Moleskine here.

Detail Comparisons

  • They both come with soft and hard covers.
  • Having two, ribbon bookmarks is a really nice way to save multiple pages. The Moleskine only has one.
  • I will probably never use the perforated pages in the Leuchtturm1917, but the Moleskine doesn’t have that option.
  • They are the same height, but the Leuchtturm1917 is a bit wider.
  • Both elastics hold the pages closed, but Moleskine’s seems a bit looser (this could be due to the soft cover).
  • Leuchtturm1917 has about 50 more pages than the Moleskine.
  • The Moleskine is a more affordable option than the Leuchtturm1917.
  • The premade index is very nice and saves time. 

The Reality

Both journals faired relatively well throughout the year as I used them. I was very hard on them. I would throw them in my backpack or purse and I am sure I spilled coffee on them at least once.  Let’s break down how each journal lasted. 


I purchased the hardcover, dotted Leuchtturm1917. I primarily used it for notes, sketches, and planning. 

  • Cover: Corners and spine show a bit of wear, but still looks great.  
  • Elastic: Lasted well. It didn’t stretch out at all. 
  • Bookmark: Both are still intact. 
  • Paper: More bleed-proof than the Moleskine and a bit thicker, but you can still see what is written on the other side.
  • Back pocket: Same condition as when I bought it, but I rarely used it. 
  • Watercolor?: Pages wrinkle a little bit, but not too bad.  No bleeding. 
  • Copic Markers (alcohol based markers)?: Most colors do bleed onto the back of the page, but not through to the next page. 
  • Tombow Markers (water based markers)?: No bleeding and you can barely see them on the other side of the page. 


I purchased the softcover, dotted Moleskine. I primarily used this notebook for notes and basic sketches. 

  • Cover: Front corner bent, but generally it lasted surprisingly well. 
  • Elastic: Also lasted really well.  Wasn’t stretched out at all. 
  • Bookmark: Fell out within a month or two of using it. 
  • Paper: Not bleed-proof and you can see through the pages to whatever is written on the other side. 
  • Back pocket: Both corners are torn and I didn’t really use the pocket. 
  • Watercolor?: Definitely more rippling of the paper than the Leuchtturm1917, but still useable.  No bleeding
  • Copic Markers (alcohol based markers)?: Bled through to the next page.
  • Tombow Markers (water based markers)?: No bleeding and you can see them through the other side of the page.

My Personal Favorite

While I loved both journals, when it came time to purchase a new one, I didn’t even think twice before purchasing another Leuchtturm1917. There is just something about the Leuchtturm1917.  The quality is evident in the attention to detail and the paper. Plus, it came in Berry Pink! 

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Do you have a favorite journal or way of using your journal? Let me know in the comments below! 


  1. Amy D

    I love it too. I was too afraid to try it because of the cost and getting sucked down the rabbit hole. But once you try Leuchtturm, you never go back!

    • ericagilliam

      I so agree! I absolutely love my Leuchtturm journal! Such high quality!

  2. Rachael

    I’ve been researching a new planner style. My current organizing is to write it in my sketchbook. I have come to the conclusion that I’m going to get the ‘L’ one and lucky me, it’s here in Germany! Where we are trying to move to. I just have to get to the store! Thank you for another post that confirms my choice.



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