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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. 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...

  2. Gfeller cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Apr 2019

    This is exactly what i was looking for. The perfect fit for the Cafe note, that I also purchased. Thanks you Dave for the prompt mailing and my new cover.

  3. Cafe Note 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2019

    Received my Gfeller cover today. I am so glad I chose to get this one. It is so very nice. Nicely made, and I am sure will age nicely. If you are in doubt, don't be. Excellent cover.

  4. A perfect fit for "A Very Short Introduction" books 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Oct 2018

    [This is a little off topic but may be very helpful to others with the same need.] So, I have been a fan of Gfeller covers for the past decade and have enjoyed watching them build character while being fairly indestructible. I'm also fond of the series of books by Oxford University Press called "A Very Short Introduction". These are thin, well-written books that provide a foundational understanding on a wide range of topics. They are also perfect for plane flights.Their only problem is that their thin pages can get bashed in my briefcase if I'm not careful. It turns out that this cover is a perfect fit for the series.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. lovely 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Feb 2018

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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