Review: Leuchtturm1917 Planner

Leuchtturm1917 planner

Since I was unable to obtain a replacement for my Paperblanks planner, the folks at European Paper came to my rescue and sent me a Leuchtturm1917 large hard cover planner. Its a little smaller in size at 5.75 x 8.25″ (roughly A5) than the Paperblanks (7″x9″) but it still has plenty of room to write. It includes the week-on-one-page layout on the left with a lined page on the right which is the layout I wanted.

Leuchtturm1917 planner

Inside the shrink-wrapped package was a sheet of stickers to label the spine and cover of the book, a history of Leuchtturm accordion-folded pamphlet, a sheet of white paper with lines on one side and a grid on the other, a separate address booklet and a thank you note. The white paper sheet can be put under the blank pages in the back “notes” section of the planner to accommodate either preference (brilliant!).

Leuchtturm1917 planner

The Leuchtturm1917 planner uses the same ivory paper stock found in their regular notebooks and includes the guesseted pocket inside the back cover as well as the vertical elastic closure and ribbon bookmark. I tend to keep the elastic on the back cover while at work since my planner mostly sits on my desk. When I bundle it up to take it home over the weekend, then I use the elastic. Inside, there is a year-at-a-glance calendars for 2013-2015, a vertical monthly calendar (with moon phases), a spreadsheet chart of holidays (both US and international), and a project-planning grid for the whole year. In the back of the planner is about 28 pages of blank pages for notes.

In the weekly planning section, the right hand page features fine, very light grey lines, quite tightly spaced which I prefer and can be used for to-do lists, meeting notes or other weekly needs. Each weekly page starts with Monday. Saturday and Sunday share a slot at the bottom of the page. Since I mostly use my planner for work, its not a big deal for me but it might be a deal  breaker for some folks who work weekends or whose work week starts on Sunday.

Leuchtturm1917 planner


I tested the paper with an assortment of pens. I’m a little more lenient with the paper in my planners than I am with notebooks since lighter weight paper means a smaller, more portable book which is preferable. I don’t hold hopes that my planners will not bleed through or show through if I slap down 1.1mm stub nibs with bulletproof black ink and its not what I need it to do. If my  assorted gel pens and the occasional fountain pen work, I’m satisfied and that’s where the Leuchtturm delivers… and then some.

Leuchtturm1917 planner


From the reverse, there’s a little show through with the black Marvy Le Pen felt-tipped pen but all the gel and ballpoints kept their inkiness on the right side of the page. Even my fountain pens kept most of their business on the business side so that I can write in my planner when I need to, with whichever writing implement is in my hand.

Leuchtturm1917 planner


I’m really psyched about the little address booklet that can be tucked into the pocket inside the back cover and allow me to keep a quick selection of addresses with me and handy.

Leuchtturm1917 planner


The address book has tabs dividing the alphabet and provides lines and a two-column format but there is not additional text so if an address book is not useful for you, you can use it to store passwords, web site URLs, birthdays, or anything else.

Overall, this is a solid product. While its not flashy or overly fancy, it is a classic, utilitarian, German product — clean, precise, well-built.

European Paper sells the Leuchtturm1917 planner for $17.95 and offers three different cover color options: black, lavender and taupe.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by European Paper for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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  1. I used one of these for 2012. I hated it but I stuck with it to see the experiment through to the very end when I could return to a Franklin dayplanner. The elastic gave out in March. The timing section really needs half-hour demarkations. The empty box on each page really needs faint lines. I could not use any of my Sheaffer pens because of the terrible bleed- and show-thru but I don’t use FPs in my Franklins either so no big problem. The spine cracked off in April. I like Leukie notebooks but the planners do not stand up to everyday use, opening and closing a hundred times, going in and out of bags. The experiment required me to carry my Franklin looseleaf binder anyway because it holds running notes for work and personal topics as wells as storyboard and sketching pages for video and animation projects.
    Good luck with your 2014m hope it works for you. Let us know in a few months how it holding up physically and satisfying your planning and agenda needs.

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