Friday, June 4, 2010

Review: Leuchtturm Old Version Blank Journal

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

The Leuchtturm pocket journal - old version. (Pre ink-proof paper model) I'd always wanted to test these as an alternative to Moleskine, and Cynthia at JournalingArts.com graciously sent me this older version as well as one of the newer "ink-proof" models to test and review.

Small Leuchtturm & Small Mole

The pocket Leuchtturm is a bit longer than the pocket Mole and the price is similar, $8.99 for the Leuchtturm, and $9.99 for the Mole. Page count in Leuchtturm 187, Mole 192.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Like the Mole, it has an elastic band closure, a ribbon bookmark (which seems as though it would resist fraying) and a similar cover texture. On this pocket version, I noticed that in one spot where the cover material was slightly bubbled near the top.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Like the Mole, Leuchtturm's logo is discreetly stamped at the lower section of the rear cover.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Inner page has a space for personal information.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

3 pages of index to be used with the numbered pages of the Leuchtturm.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Logo on the bottom of every page which appears to have been removed on the new larger "ink-proof" version." My 1st time ever finding a journal with numbered pages. This plus the index are my absolute hand down favorite features of the Leuchtturm journals.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Spine and bookplate type stickers included for further personalization of your journal.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

The book's spine allows the book to lie flat, but it does not open perfectly flat. You will be writing in/out of a hump. Depending on where you are in the book, it's better/worse.

Small Leuchtturm

I just finished using the larger journal and I noticed something new. (to me) I had never tried folding any of my hard back journals back onto itself and was surprised to find that the Leuchtturm (in pocket & large sizes) folded back neatly. Pulling out a Mole & a Webbie, I find that they too will fold back on themselves, but each of those two seem to be a bit strained while the Leuchtturm does not.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

This older pocket version has 32 (32!) detachable pages which I find excessive. I won't write on detachable pages unless I am specifically planning to tear them out. The large newer version has only 8 detachable pages (much better) - not sure how many the new pocket version has.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Expandable pocket in the back cover.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Fountain pen ink test.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Much feathering....

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Close up of feathering with the water based fountain pen inks.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

As I had heard before, significant bleed through (and see-through) with fountain pen inks - one reason why they probably switched to the new "ink-proof" paper. The paper itself feels very thin, (I like thin paper) maybe a 70g? It is nice to write on but is not smooth as in glass-like.

Older Version Leuchtturm Blank Journal

Gel pen did not bleed, watercolors did....

Since I am primarily a fountain pen user, I did not proceed to test additional media in this book, especially since a newer version is available. I cannot tell on the JournalingArts website which versions she is selling - (if they are all the new versions or not) I suggest dropping her a line to ask first.

Review of the newer version to follow.

4 comments:

Notebooker, Esq. said...

You scared me for a minute! I bought a large lined one of these to review several months ago (haven't got around to that yet -- it's still in the plastic wrap), and was worried it might be one of the older ones. When I checked, I saw that Leuchtturm was nice enough to put an "ink proof" logo at the bottom right of the label. Anyone who wants to make sure they're getting the newer version just has to look for that.

From what the woman at the store told me, it takes fountain pen ink extremely well, so I'll be very curious to see your follow-up.

Biffybeans said...

My review of the Ink Proof version will post on Wednesday... Paper is different... Review will explain.

Stephen said...

It must depend on one's purpose and intent - I like the idea of more detachable sheets!

Madame Purl said...

Very cool. I will have to put this one on my list.

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