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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Cover fits like a glove 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Feb 2018

    Not sure what to add that the other reviews don't already mention. Functionally, the Gfeller cover fits A5 seven seas notebook like a glove and is soft to the touch! It really is the only cover I've used that feels like it is part of the book itself with little overhang over the edges. The color is very pale - kind of skin tone - which I don't care for. But it does darken with exposure to light, use, etc. - I put some Danner shoe leather cream that is tinted brown on mine and it looks great!

  6. just lovely 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2018

    Wow, this leather is buttery and just lovely. I can't wait to see how it patinas over time. So glad I purchased this cover.

  7. 3 years in, and it's only getting better 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2018

    I've had this cover for over three years, and it's even better than the day I got it. That's sort of the thing with these. They patina over time, and become even more buttery smooth than they already are.

    It's lovely because of its simplicity: fits all the seven seas notebooks like a glove, lies flat, well made, good leather.... there's really no downside.

  8. Beautiful cover that gets better with time 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Dec 2017

    I have had this Gfeller leather cover on my Crossfield journal for over a year. Although I can not expect it to be as perfect as my Hermes leathergoods, I will say that the cover is quite lovely and is a great price for the quality.

    It is soft and supple and has taken on a beautiful patina as it has gotten used; while at the same time retaining that look of simple elegance that attracted me to it in the first place. The craftmanship is also good and I know it will last a lifetime.

    The only complaint I have is the same as that of another reviewr: due to the construction of the interior's edges, there is some darkening on the outside that co-incides with the ridges of those folded parts. This darkening is minimal, and can be somewhat lessened with the use of a white rubber eraser. This issue will neither stop me from recommending this cover to others nor stop me from purchasing another as soon as Nanami gets more in stock for the A6 and B6.

    I would like to request that Nanami also sell Gfeller pen cases to coordinate with these beautiful covers.

  9. Probably as good as it gets 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2017

    This is a beautiful, custom-made leather cover for the seven seas writer. The quality of the leather and the stitching and fit could not be better. If you like the belting leather look, then this is the one. It's very, very well made and I expect will outlast me if I take care of it.

  10. Perfect cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st May 2017

    Good-quality leather, perfect thickness. Neutral color, so scuffs, marks, and age enhance rather than detract. Full-sized "insert flap" makes for easier writing, a better "surface," than most other covers I've tried. Somewhat more "sturdy" than a Midori goatskin cover (in part because of the full-sized flap) but still finely made with tiny, close stitching, and not too "rustic" looking, more "classic," I would say, so again, a plus rather than a minus, to me. A good purchase and good value, will last many years, I'm sure.

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