Friday, June 4, 2010
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.
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.
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.
Like the Mole, Leuchtturm's logo is discreetly stamped at the lower section of the rear cover.
Inner page has a space for personal information.
3 pages of index to be used with the numbered pages of the Leuchtturm.
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.
Spine and bookplate type stickers included for further personalization of your 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.
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.
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.
Expandable pocket in the back cover.
Fountain pen ink test.
Close up of feathering with the water based fountain pen inks.
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.
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.