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Leuchtturm Medium Notebook, Plain, 5.75 x 8.25 inches (LBL13)

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  • Numbered pages and blank table of contents for easy organization and notes
  • Thread-bound opens flat
  • Acid-free and ink proof paper, expandable pocket inside back cover, page marker and elastic closure
  • Stickers for labeling and archiving
  • 249 numbered pages, 8 perforated pages, 5.75 x 8.25 inches
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Leuchtturm helps you get organized with numbered pages and a blank table of contents in each book and a set of stickers for the cover and spine that allow for clear labeling and archiving. High quality 70 gsm paper ensures that fountain pens and roller balls can be used without bleeding through the page.

Product Information

Color: Black
Technical Details
Brand NameLEUCHTTURM1917
Item Weight13.4 ounces
Product Dimensions5.8 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
Item model numberLBL13
Number of Items1
Brightness Rating53
Paper FinishMatte
Manufacturer Part NumberLBL13
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #14,908 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableMarch 30, 2010

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Miller on August 30, 2010
Color: Black
I used Moleskines for a while, but was turned off by the poor paper quality (severe bleeding and feathering with fountain pens). So I switched to the Handbook Journals, which stood up to my fountain pens well, and was an improvement over the Moleskine's, but the paper was a bit too rough (like watercolor paper almost). The Leuchtturm's (that's German for 'lighthouse' by the way) are perfect. The paper is sturdy without being thick, absorbent without feathering or bleeding, and smooth without being glossy. The binding is higher quality than the Moleskine (which is an easy thing to do) and is even better than the Handbook (which is pretty impressive). Also, the pocket in the Leuchtturm is better constructed and it even supplies a few innovations of its own: The last several pages are perforated for notes you might wish to pass, addresses you want to give, etc, and the blank index helps me track important events I may want to re-read in the future.

Bravo Leuchtturm! You've done it. The perfect daily carry journal.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P.S. Woods on June 2, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Previous reviews have made these points, but I'll reiterate in the hope of building a consensus on these notebooks.

First of all, the paper is of a quality somewhere between acceptable and great. It's nothing special until you consider how hard it is to find a nice notebook with even acceptable paper. Moleskine paper is limited to use with pencil only - or unpleasant, stingy ball point pens. The Leuchtturm takes ink well but you will still see through pages if you use a luxurious flow of ink. E.g. if you scan pages you will see ghosts of letters/whatever from a generous ink flow on the opposite side of the page. So the paper is head and shoulders better than Moleskine, still not perfect, but probably an ideal compromise for weight/thickness.

Also it has layout that makes it nice for me as a research notebook. There are small, light, unobtrusive page numbers on each page and a table formatted for contents on the first three pages. To me this is a perfect compromise between plain sheets and an organizational order. I would rather type than write on lined paper, but honestly some of my old notebooks are pretty disorganized, with ugly post-it notes marking sections. I very much like the page numbers and index in this Leuchtturm notebook.

The biggest drawback to this notebook is that it won't lie flat like a Moleskine. I just started using this, my first one, so I don't know yet how much it is going to bother me personally, but I will say that it does sting a little to give up that feature of Moleskine notebooks.

I tried this Leuchtturm notebook out of frustration over the quality of paper in others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Buffum on June 27, 2012
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As a matter of principle I had to stop using Moleskine products due to their unethical use of spec ([...]) and I am so happy I found this company's product as an alternative. The one thing I will say, which may be a downside for some people, is that the paper is somewhat translucent. There is no bleed through though, even with a heavy flow ink pen like the one I use, but you can see through to the next page if you use black ink. The paper does take a little longer to dry, so you have to be careful about smearing ink or with ink on previous pages marking if you are going through several pages quickly, but they provide a piece of paper (with a grid on one side and lines on the other side, which is helpful for drawing if you place it under the semi-translucent paper as a guide) which you can use to absorb excess ink. Maybe I'm making this sound like a negative but it's really not. I love the numbered pages and blank table of contents, makes it easy to catalogue your entire sketchbook for later navigation. Love that it comes with external sticker labels to organize your sketchbooks once they are full.
In short, I love this sketchbook, and I think I will use them for the foreseeable future. So long Moleskine!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BSXX on November 17, 2014
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I bought the Medium plain paper version, and can give you an idea how it compares to the Moleskine.

I have used "Pocket" and "Large" (comparable to Leuchtturm's "Medium") Moleskines for many years, and the only reason I started looking elsewhere was the noticeable decline in paper quality with the Moleskine. It doesn't seem to register with the Moleskine management that people who seek and purchase quality, expensive notebooks want quality paper..... Anyhow, I also use an old style "Record Book" in my business and became accustomed to numbered pages, which I now prefer.

Some comments:
1. The Leuchtturm (L) pages are the same height as the Moleskine (M), but the L pages are about 1/2" wider.
2. The L is formatted differently, including 3 pages of Table of Contents, and has an additional 249 numbered pages; the M has only has 240 pages total and they are not numbered. This is purely preference, as I can understand why some would want a clear sheet with no markings, but I have come to appreciate numbered pages, and obviously the Table Of Contents would be useless without them.
3. The L has the same strap and inside back pocket as the M.
4. The outer covers of the L are not as sturdy as the M. They are identical in appearance and feel, but the L covers do bend easier than the M. This is a negative for a notebook this size. If this were a pocket notebook, the flexibility would be a positive, but not here.
5. The L does not open as flat as the M. It does loosen up after you work with it, and it was fine with me, but the M opens flatter, and stays that way, better than the L. The L will stay open, but it does bounce back a little.
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