Germans vs. Italians | Leuchtturm1917 vs. Moleskine

I’ve long been a fan of Moleskine ( notebooks, those ubiquitous little black books that people write in in coffee shops to look cool. Lately, however, I’ve been using a similar pocket notebook by Moleskine’s German competitor Leuchtturm1917 ( The pocket size is slightly larger than the equivalent Moleskine, and the binding and paper seem to be a slightly higher quality. They are approximately the same size and can be ordered from And they are now slightly more exotic than the Moleskines. (I started using those when they were hard to come by and couldn’t be bought everywhere.) I’m sure they both have their partisans.

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