220 Days With The Master Dots

by Steve on November 16, 2012

On February 19, 2012 I made my first entry in the Leuchtturm1917 Master Dots notebook, and 220 days later I made my last. I’ve written several posts about this notebook, and the last was about its durability.

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I’m happy to say the covers didn’t fall off, and no pages fell out, nor did any serious tears develop. I hauled the book daily in my briefcase. I also carried it on vacation and traveling.

The useless perforated pages in the back that I used for a few lists even stayed attached.

The only really serious points of wear were at the corners, especially along the spine – you can see how the corners wore down. At first I was a little disturbed by this, but it’s harmless as far as the book is concerned, and testifies to the journey it has taken

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So, did I like it? Would I use another one?

After I finished this book I thought about what I would use next. I made another Poor Man’s Midori, with a nice dyed cover and read place holder ribbons. That lasted about two weeks. I briefly thought about using a BookFactory book I’d received and started using for a dedicated notebook on a specific subject, but the page format was just too dominating and dark.

In the end I pulled out the leather Master Dots the folks at Leuchtturm1917 had sent me and it’s my current notebook.

I’ve written about the benefits of a larger page size before, and I’ve noticed that this last book lasted about 7 months – about the same as the book before that which was A5 size, or about one quarter the page area. In the larger book I did do a bit more drawing, but I still must have written at least three times as much if not more. Truth be told some of it was drivel, and some always will be, but because I had the space I wrote more about everything, which is the point of having a notebook in the first place.

I know I’m past sounding like some kind of brainwashed big-notebook zealot, but if you haven’t tried a big book you should.

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