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The Leuchtturm 1917 Master Dots 4 Months Later

My first entry in the Leuchtturm 1917 Master Dots notebook is dated February 19th, 2012, and in a about a week it will be 4 months since I started using it. I’ve filled 146 pages, using pencil and ballpoint. I’ve traveled with it, taken it camping, and take it to work every day.

I still prefer it to the other notebooks I’ve used in the past, and I still love the dots format. I am starting to think the 8×10 size offered by BookFactory.com might be a little easier to carry, but of course that means less page area as well.

Some wear and tear is showing up in the usual spot – at the top and bottom of the spine:

I’m also seeing nicks in the faux leather cover, but overall the book is holding up a bit better than I expected. I think I will be able to fill it without the covers falling off šŸ˜‰ What’s more amazing is that I will probably fill it in the next 3 months. 7 months to fill an A4 size book with 5mm line spacing. I have pocket size Moleskines that span more than a year. Bigger books really do encourage more writing. Whether it’s content that should have been encouraged might prove debatable, but so far I think it’s an advantage.

It’s always neat to see how the edges of the pages show how far the book has been filled:

To deal with the un-numbered table of contents, I just labeled each line with a range of three pages, and then started filling in each line with what was on those three pages. I really think one line per page is the way to go.

For any of you who might be sitting on the fence, looking at one of these and thinking of trying it, do it. Once you go bigger, it will be hard to go back.

5 comments… add one
  • OOK June 9, 2012, 12:42 am

    I am deeply in love with Leuchtturm, too šŸ™‚ Right now I am using A5 dotted notebook – black one, and white one is already prepared. I take it everywhere, every day, for almost a year and it is not “devastated” at all šŸ™‚ Best choice I have ever made when we are speaking about personal notebooks.

    • Steve June 10, 2012, 7:22 am

      Hi OOK, thanks for the comment!

      I think smaller books hold up better. None of my A5 books have ever shown much wear. A bigger book just comes into contact with more objects šŸ˜‰

  • kp June 9, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the post. Leuchtturm 1917 are my go-to notebooks right now. I have used both the dots and and blank versions, and have been happy with both. For fountain pen users, dryish pens are better. I’ve been drawing in the blank journal with Pigma Micron, and Pilot Razor Point pens with success.

    • Steve June 10, 2012, 7:25 am

      Hi kp,

      Yeah, LT1917 was a great find for me as well. I’ve never had much trouble with fountain pens and notebooks except when I went through a phase where I was really into wet nibs. Most of mine are fine or extra fine and work fine on Moleskine or Leuchtturm paper.

      But the new micro-fine point pens like you mention offer some nice possibilities!

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