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Gfeller Cafe Note B6 Slim Cover - English Kip

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#1: This listing is for the cover only. The notebook is sold separately.

#2: These are made from un-dyed, "naked" leather, with nothing covered up - so they will have some natural range marks, scars and other blemishes. In other words, they are not processed to make them appear "perfect", like something you would get in a department store. That said, these are very high quality skins, probably better than most leathers you will find even in high-end designer products.

#3: Please see the pictures for examples of some, but not all imperfections

 


 Sometimes you search high and low for that perfect cover for your notebook. Other times you need a notebook to match the great cover you already have. I may be biased, but I think this combination of Gfeller + Cafe Note is as good as it gets.

 Gfeller of Meridian, Idaho custom fitted this cover for the Cafe Note B6-Slim notebook. And wow, what a great cover is. The skins are sourced from a small tannery in the United Kingdom, and as you may know, some of the best leather in the world comes from the UK - think Swain Adeney cases, Crockett & Jones shoes, and a long history of saddles, bags and other riding gear. If the Lord and Lady Grantham and their daughters Mary and Edith needed leather notebook covers for their Seven Seas Writers, these would surely be on their wish list.

 If you're not familiar with Gfeller, they have been around since the 1940s (please check out this article for more history) and specialize in leather goods for geoscientists - field bags, tool holders, pouches, and various other items. They also do a lot of custom leather work and one of their specialties is notebook covers.  I found Gfeller a few years back when I was looking for a belt. I wanted something very high quality and simple - really just a strip of leather with holes and a buckle. Gfeller's site came up, and the price was no more than, say, what you would get at Filson or Ralph Lauren, and I'm always one to support the smaller outfits - the craftsmen - where possible. So I took a chance figuring that I'd get a decent belt but if it was just average so what it's just a belt and how good could it get anyway?

 Well, that belt turned out to be so much better than anything I could get anywhere else. Yes it is just a strip of leather, but it is the best leather strip you are likely to find, belt-wise. The grain is tight, the leather is thick (11 ounces) and the finish..... oh the finish. Even though it is naked leather it has this up-close sheen and sparkle that makes me pause to look at it everytime before I put it on.  And it is so tough my descendents will be fighting over it.

 But I digress. My point is that Gfeller makes great stuff. Also keep in mind that these are hand-crafted items - they will have small imperfections inherent to leather and leather work. And, with naked leather, it is both impossible and economically impractical to reject anything with a stitch that is 1/64 of an inch off a straight line or has a small scar or stretch mark. Well, maybe Hermes could try to make it almost perfect, but they would charge $1,000; Louis Vuitton would not use leather at all.

 Anyway, even though it is obvious that Gfeller just wants their covers to be simple, functional, and well-made, which they are, they fail at being non-descript, because anyone that knows really good stuff will recognize this as a rare find. It is sure to invite admiring or even envious stares.

 On to the finer points... it is made specifically for the B6-slim Cafe notebook, but will fit any notebook up to 12mm thick with a cover trimmed to 176x110mm.

 Note that it has the signature Gfeller inner flaps which help to eliminate the "writing bump" towards the beginning and ending pages in a notebook.

 CARE: A light coating of neatsfoot, mink or other high-quality leather care oil a couple of times a year is sufficient.

 There is so much more that I want to say, but you may never make it down to the pictures!


 

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  1. Exudes quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Oct 2020

    This is the leather notebook cover you get if you want to spoil yourself. The quality doesn't get any better than this.


  2. Just what I was looking for 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2020

    I wanted a cover for my B6 Writer that didn't have pockets on the inside cover. I prefer writing on a completely flat surface. So I bought the Gfeller cover. I'm very impressed. The leather is really soft, as befits a soft-cover notebook. It also feels very well made, and should last a lifetime, even with heavy use. I wasn't too sure about the color, or lack of it. When it arrived I thought the leather looked kind of naked. I lived with it for a few days, and before I applied some walnut colored leather creame. It is just enough color to darken the leather slightly. It now looks new, but with a bit more character. I"m looking forward to the cover developing a patina with use. At that point, it should be perfect!


  3. Elegant Gfeller folio cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jul 2020

    Elegant folio cover that’s a beautiful color and leather quality. It is easy to use. I would order another cover in a different size.

    Pros:
    1) Perfect fit for B6 Slim Nanami Cafe Notes;
    2) Lovely leather — color and texture. Not too floppy or thick. Leather has a fine grain with very light striations (that can be seen when one examines closely);
    3) Ease of use -- feels good in your hand, lies flat while writing in notebook.

    Con: Must use extra care with lighter colored leather.


  4. Gfine Gfeller Cafe Note B6 Slim Notebook Kip Leather Cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jul 2020

    The first rate quality of this B6 Slim size Gfeller Kip leather notebook cover was unsurprising to me—I already had two Gfeller covers for my A5-size Seven Seas Writer notebooks and both have behaved perfectly and aged beautifully over several years of not-careful treatment.
    This B6 Slim size notebook represents the sweet spot between A6 and A5 and, in this snugly-fitting Gfeller cover, it's convenient for both pocket and bag. Highly recommended. B


  5. the best Nanami cover that money can buy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jun 2020

    Untreated leather is my absolute favorite kind because of the aging and character the leather develops over time. These covers are fantastic quality, and feature an elongated cover pocked to eliminate the "writer's bump" associated with many leather notebook covers. The quality is uncompromising and I cannot wait to see these covers in ten years.


  6. Phenomenal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2020

    I absolutely love this cover! It's thin with a soft hand and a really pleasant feel to the touch. Mine has a couple of short scars along the back that I just love for the character that it gives the notebook. I can't wait to see how it ages and patinas with time.


  7. Very very nice B6 leather notebook cover! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2020

    I was pleasantly surprised at how good and rich this leather looks and feel! I have many leather notebooks cover from different manufacturers, from Canada, US and China. This Gfeller B6 notebook cover makes the others look cheaper (and they are not, specially the US and Canada ones) . The cover is well designed to accommodate the note book with little fuss, but at the same time securing it well. Fits like a glove and the texture of the leather makes you want to touch it all the time!


  8. Wonderful cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2019

    I bought an A5 and just had to have one for my B6 Slim. Love how light and slim it is... and the patina as it ages is amazing.


  9. English kip cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jul 2019

    The leather is amazing and the natural Undyed color is beautiful.


  10. Amazing Covers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jun 2019

    I now have 4 of these leather notebook covers & they are so soft & lovely! They are very well made...


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