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Seven Seas Gfeller Cover A5 - English Kip

Price:
$83.00
Max Purchase:
2 unit(s)


PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

#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. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. I love it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jun 2018

    The cover is gorgeous and made from flawless unfinished hide. I look forward to using this cover for many years to come!


  5. lOVE my new leather cover. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th May 2018

    I recently got my Gfeller cover in the A5 size. I absolutely love it. The quality in craftsmanship is outstanding.


  6. Beautiful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Mar 2018

    This cover is flawless, and QUALITY. The stitching is perfect. You get what you pay for in this product. I am very happy with it.


  7. The stitching goes all the way around 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Mar 2018

    Gfeller makes a well thought out notebook cover that will last a lifetime. The two that I have are also imperfect. The stitching is off a little bit, the two notebooks are not exactly the same size, and they are expensive. I also have the Herz notebook cover, it is also expensive, but the stitching doesn't go all the way around.

    The stitching does go all the way around on my Gfellers, and there is no writing bump either. If authenticity somehow inheres in objects, and it probably doesn't, Gfeller has it in spades.


  8. What they said 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Mar 2018

    I recently got a Gfeller cover and the hype is entirely justified. I don't have anything substantive to add to what others have written here, other than to say that this cover is an object which gives me joy.


  9. An Heirloom 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Feb 2018

    I was initially adverse to the color but wow. This is gorgeous in person and the pictures do not do it justice. I cannot wait till it patinas, but I also adore the current color of it. It is also incredibly supple and a beautiful piece of leather -- and the smell! Wonderful. This cover is incredibly well made, as well, with even stitching and will surely last me generations.


  10. very much worth the wait 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Feb 2018

    I have been using a seven seas for a few years now and every time I have ever checked to see if there are any gfeller covers available I have been out of luck. wow these are nice, buy one to see


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