All I want for Christmas is, wait for it, a Leuchtturm pocket diary. I’m fairly easy to please on Christmas morning, but like a lot of people, I’m quite fussy about what diary I have for the new year.
For the past couple of years I’ve had a Moleskine page a day pocket diary. This is great if you want to keep a journal, as it gives you plenty of room to write what you’ve been up to and what’s on your mind. I want something a bit smaller this year, so I’ve decided on a week to view format, with the days of the week on one half and notes page on the other half, known as a weekly planner/notebook.
I used to be a Moleskine kind of girl but when Leuchtturm 1917 started selling their diaries in the UK I gave them a go. I have to say that I think Leuchtturm is a better quality diary than Moleskine, having used both. If you put a Moleskine diary and a Leuchtturm diary side by side they are really quite alike. Use each one for a year and some subtle differences appear. For me Leuchtturm wears better. My diary goes most places with me and is stuffed into jacket pockets and tucked at the bottom of my bag, so it has to be tough. With a Leuchtturm, the elastic closure band stays taught, with a Moleskine it’s gone a bit baggy by about April. The paper is better quality with Leuchtturm. I usually write in pencil in my diary and on the Moleskine even pencil shows through a little bit.
There is just one problem that I’ve noticed about liking Leuchtturm diaries more than Moleskine, and that’s getting hold of one on the high street.
Moleskine is everywhere. Where once it was the preserve of a true stationery aficionado, who just knew a little place somewhere that stocked them, now you can take your pick on the high street. Leuchtturm doesn’t seem to have achieved that just yet. Although I don’t know if I want them to. Maybe their paper will get just that bit thinner and their elastic just that bit baggier. I’ll just have to get cracking and order one on the internet as the last posting day is just two days away.