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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. A cover to age with me 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Mar 2018

    I recently received this cover and love it. The leather, design and construction are excellent. I’m looking forward to seeing the patina on the cover develop. I did have to trim the cover of my Jibun Techo to make it fit, but that’s fine, since this cover was designed for the Cafe Note and not the Jibun Techo.


  2. Beautiful cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Feb 2018

    Stunning cover! I can't wait to see it darken and acquire character over time. Fits the Cafe Note B6 notebook perfectly - a bit of a tight fit at first but will adjust beautifully over time. The leather smells great. I have the same cover in A5 size and this one feels a bit thinner, which is great given the smaller size. Would greatly recommend, though to be honest all the Nanami notebooks are so beautiful and well-made that I am also very happy using them with the cheap plastic covers.


  3. lovely 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Feb 2018

    Leather smells divine and fits the books perfectly. Will age beautifully. Great product!


  4. love just as much as my a5 cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2018

    As always, Dave does a wonderful job of sourcing high-quality accessories for his wonderful notebooks. This cover is no exception.

    The leather is great: smells good, feels good, thin enough that avoids adding unnecessary bulk to the portability of the Cafe Note.

    I have an a5 gfeller cover from Dave, and over the past several years it's patinaed wonderfully. I have no doubts that this one will also become darker, softer, and more uniquely "mine" with each passing year.


  5. Perfection! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Feb 2018

    I love the Cafe Note. The size is ideal, the paper quality is wonderful, and the grid layout version works well for me. But I'm hard on my notebooks and wanted to protect it. I've tried some very nice covers, including Gillios, but none of them fit the Cafe Note like the Gfeller cover. It's simple, it fits perfectly, and the undyed leather is beautiful. And it will get more beautiful as it ages. I will use this for many years and for many Cafe Notes to come.


  6. Every bit as good as the big brother sizes 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Nov 2017

    Compliments the cafe notebook perfectly - lots comments and questions in Brisbane Australia as to how to get it.


  7. Absolute best journal cover available anywhere - just get it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2017

    I spent much time and treasure looking for the perfect leather journal cover but always came up short. This journal cover is awesome. The leather is beautiful and just the right thickness to offer protection but not too much bulk or extra weight. I put my new cover out in the Texas sun for a couple afternoons and it darkened to a nice even golden brown. I already had the seven seas journal with the Gfeller cover so I couldn't wait to get this cover for my new Cafe Note journal- perfect size to take with me while the other one lives on my desk. Get them both and you'll be set! In my opinion, there is no better journal or leather cover available anywhere and no better place to purchase them - great packaging, shipping, and communication. You won't be disappointed.


  8. Lovely cover, fits perfectly, solid value 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2017

    Was initially out of stock, then I lucked out and bought it the second I saw them back in stock. Just received it. Great customer service and shipping, BTW, got here quickly!

    Anyway, the cover itself is lovely, well made, with quality leather. It fits the Cafe Note B6 perfectly. Smells great, looks great, will last years and years. Mine has a lovely pattern of unique leather stretch marks that will look even better in a few years. Each one of these will be totally unique of course. The stitching quality is decent -- not perfect -- but good enough. The outside edges are burnished (but not overly so), contributing to an overall nice level of finish.

    I own many leather covers for various notebooks, and for the money, this one clocks in as a good value, and is priced about right. Quality of materials and workmanship, plus the perfect fit add up to 5 stars. Kudos to Dave and Gfeller for getting this cover made so well for the Cafe Note. Tempted to buy another one. :-)


  9. LOVE THIS COVER! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2017

    I love the fit, feel, and smell of this all natural leather cover. It clings closely to the notebook, yet also lays totally flat when open. It protects the pages well when I throw it in my book bag and gives a great look. It is a little on the pricey side, but I think it was worth it.


  10. A wonderful cover that should last a lifetime! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Aug 2017

    First, I want to thank Dave at Nanami for shipping this out to me so quickly! I am beyond impressed with the level of Customer Service that I received for this order!!!

    Second, I must confess to two things... 1) I am not a fan of light colored leathers, and 2) I went on Etsy and ordered a cheapie black leather flap case (just holds your notebook in with elastic bands).

    BUT when this cover came in I was floored by the quality of this leather. The feel of it is luxurious, and even though it is a lot thicker than the cheapie cover I bought, it is far softer and a lot more supple than the cheapie. Additionally, while I normally prefer dark colored leather, I have to say that given the beauty of this piece of leather that this natural shade is definitely growing on me....

    If you think you are going to use these Cafe Notes over the long term, I highly recommend this beautiful yet rugged cover. It will keep your journal(s) in great shape over many many years...maybe even a lifetime :)


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