First Impression: MD Grid Notebook from Midori

As you all know, I have a gorgeous new Roterfaden and I was online searching for quality A5 notebooks to use as my next bullet journal.  I love the Leuchtturm1917, but I also dearly love trying new things.  I’ve been curious about the MD notebooks from Midori so I thought it was high time to try one out!

Here is my first impression video…

Overall, I am very impressed with the paper quality.  Midori has some of the nicest paper, in my opinion.  I love the paper for the Traveler’s Notebook and official Traveler’s Notebook inserts and the MD notebook did not disappoint.  None of the pens and markers that I tried bled through!  None!  I am still stunned!



As compared to the Leuchtturm1917, the pros and cons are…


  • MD has better paper quality
  • No bleed through
  • Grid guidelines every 2 (dash)  and 10 squares (dot)
  • More grid boxes per page
  • Less expensive


  • No page numbers
  • Less pages (just under 200 as compared to Leuchtturm’s 250)
  • Only 1 ribbon marker

Neutral differences

  • Slightly yellower paper
  • Grid rather than dots
  • Bluish markings rather than grey
  • No hard cover
  • Exposed spine, I personally like this



Personally, I am very excited to finish my Leuchtturm and start using the MD notebook for my bullet journal.  A big part of that excitement is not being so limited in my pen choices due to bleed through.  And not having page numbers is just fine with me, I rarely use my index as it is and I prefer having the extra grid boxes for journaling.

Once I fill up my Leuchtturm and get to switch over, I will keep you all updated on how it holds up over time.

The pens I used for the pen test are*:
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica black in 0.4mm
Pilot G-2 black 05
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen in Fine, Pilot black ink
Sakura Micron 01
Staedtler Triples Fineliner
Stabilo Point 88
Paper mate Flair M
Mildliner in purple

My current bullet journal is a Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid in Lemon.

The MD Notebook by Midori in grid.

Happy Journaling!

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