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Seven Seas Gfeller Cover A5 - 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 Seven Seas + Gfeller is as good as it gets.

 Gfeller of Meridian, Idaho custom fitted this cover for the Seven Seas Writer 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 A5 Seven Seas notebook, but will fit any notebook up to 15mm thick with a cover trimmed to 210x148mm. For example, it will fit the A5-size Life, Apica and Midori notebooks because those are all about 10mm thick with 210x148mm trimmed covers.

 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. Leather quality is great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Aug 2020

    This is not an inexpensive notebook cover however it is worth the money. The quality and construction is of bespoke shoes.

    I really like the blank canvas of the natural leather, I cannot wait till it starts to patina from use!


  2. Fantastic Quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Aug 2020

    This is by far the nicest leather notebook cover I’ve had the pleasure to own. It arrived in perfect shape, and it is buttery soft. It feels great and durable and has just the right thickness. It fits my Seven Seas Microdot to the T, and I’ve decided without a doubt I’ll come back for more. The quality is fantastic.


  3. 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.


  4. Soft & exceptional quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2020

    This cover is soft and very durable. It doesn't feel rigid like many of the others.

    I only wish that it came with a couple of attached bookmarks, considering the new Seven Seas notebooks no longer offer this.


  5. More than a simple cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jan 2020

    I've Purchased and used many leather covers over the years, most of them of very good quality. There is something that feels intangible about the Gfeller covers that's hard to explain. I've purchased a number of them and given them as gifts or just given them to people to promote a writing culture. I keep choosing them over other "nicer looking" covers. I believe it has something to do with the way they conform over time to the shape of the notebook inside, or maybe the feels of the leather - its density, or the feeling that this cover will protect the notebook inside come hell or high water. Any and all of these factors compel me to come back here when I need another cover. My other, non Gfeller covers have gone to goodwill, to other people,and I have a couple left, but, regardless of their beauty they just don't seem to be as much "up to the task" of protecting my journal as these fine, artfully-made covers. The Artisanship is beyond compare - something that brings back a sense of old-world beauty and charm. To me they represent the timeless beauty of the ages in an object that is so simple but refined.


  6. Simply Gorgeous 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2019

    This is the nicest notebook cover I have ever come across. The quality of the leather Gfeller uses is much higher than all of the luxury leather brands, as is the stitching. It's simply gorgeous now, and I can't wait to see how it ages. It fits my Seven Seas notebook perfectly. I'm really happy that I went with this cover, and I'll be purchasing another one at some point in the near future.


  7. Great Cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Dec 2018

    This cover jut gets better with time. The quality is amazing compared to other covers I have owned. It protects my Seven Seas Notebooks and looks great. I have two now but know I will probably get a few more.


  8. Great quality! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2018

    This journal cover with the Seven Seas Writer notebook is a pleasure to use. The leather is supple and beautiful, and looks even better than the pictures.


  9. It just keeps getting better 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Oct 2018

    I've had my A5 Gfeller cover a few months now, and i couldn't be happier with it. It was worth every penny. I use mine usually with a Life Noble notebook or the Seven Seas Writer (when I can get them), and every time I write in my notebooks, I feel like an heiress. It is the ultimate in practical luxury. Now, of course, I didn't "need" a leather cover to write in my notebooks. But when I pay premium dollars for fountain pen-friendly writing paper, and beautifully-writing fountain pens, why not spring for the leather cover, too? It adds immeasurably to the overall pleasure of the writing experience.

    I was concerned because my cover was starting to show a considerable amount of dirt; just overall smudges, etc. I had used some leather balm on it, but of course, that doesn't really clean leather. So I just took a soft washcloth and wet it slightly with plain water, and gently scrubbed my leather cover. It came out beautifully clean and fresh looking. It didn't even need another application of leather balm. You do want to be careful not to use leather balm too often; you don't want to "drench" the leather. It's not good for it, and it's not necessary. You probably don't need to put balm on it more than a couple of times a year.

    My cover is starting to gain a gorgeous patina. It has a slightly darker tan color than when I first got it. I didn't notice it for a while, but then when I compared it with the picture of the new one on this site, I could see a noticeable difference. My inside flaps are still somewhat lighter than the outside, which is normal. You will handle the outside more, and it will gain a patina faster due to the natural oils in your skin.

    Bottom line: you NEED one of these notebook covers if you enjoy writing on nice paper with quality pens. You will find that one of these covers is a necessary luxury and you won't know how you ever did without one. These are top quality leather covers, and I expect to be using mine probably for the rest of my life. With pleasure.


  10. Gfeller journal cover one of best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jun 2018

    I ordered this cover for the first time just recently. After receiving it, I was impressed by the overall quality. I really like the type of flap they use to hold the cover of the paper journal books. Very easy to insert i/out of, but holds well. I am using it for both seven seas and midair journals. Works great.


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