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The Leuchtturm1917 Master Dots Notebook

When I opened the box from Kikkerland Design, the importer of Leuchtturm1917 notebooks, and found this Master Dots Notebook, I was surprised at it’s size even though the rational side of my brain already knew the dimensions. 8.75″ by 12.5″ sounds only a little larger than a letter sized sheet, but that extra inch and a half in height makes a big difference.


Inside the book is identical to their large size – same 5mm dot pattern and same size page numbers. The cover is the same thickness, but the paper is a bit heavier (100gsm vs. 80gsm), which makes the book 1/8″ thicker, and a little floppier than I expected. I’m not sure I’d want heavier covers, as the book is already pretty imposing.


As you can see, the vast acreage waiting to be filled makes the large size seem small. I know what they say about guys who drive really big trucks, and I hope they don’t say the same things about guys who use large notebooks 😎 This is not a book for those who want to carry it in a pocket, but if you need the ability to hold letter (or A4) size sheets without folding, or want to be able to paste them onto pages, this is the book for you.

At the moment I’m suffering ENIS(1), but I’ll get over it soon.

ENIS: Empty Notebook Intimidation Syndrome: A common affliction where the sufferer is intimidated by the pristinity of a brand-new empty notebook. Temptations to use the new notebook are squashed by the fear of rendering the book forever un-new by sullying it with unworthy scribbles.

6 comments… add one
  • Ira December 21, 2011, 8:55 am

    ENIS — What a concept. Great!

  • Rori December 25, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Ooohh…even with ENIS that notebook looks FANTASTIC!

  • Neil January 6, 2012, 7:46 pm

    Love the comparison… having just converted from Moleskine to a Leuchtturm1917 Master Dots journal I can sympathise with ENIS… but the difference in quality between the moleskine and Leuchtturm is quite frightening. Lovely post, thanks for sharing.

    • Steve January 8, 2012, 3:41 am

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      How do you like the master dots so far? What size Moleskine were you using?

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