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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

#4: When adding to the cart, please choose the numbered cover (1-6) that you want. That is the actual cover that you will receive. If you have no particular preference, please choose the "Any Cover" option.


 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. These are IMHO the pre-eminant leather journal cover available 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2016

    What can I say - I'm an unabashed fan of Gfeller - perhaps the most practical and durable leather journal cover available - I have them in custom A4 and A5 - stylish and practical all at once

  2. Beautiful and simple 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Mar 2016

    This cover is even nicer than I expected. It's extremely well made. The leather is soft and the cover fits perfectly. Highly recommended!

  3. Magic 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Nov 2015

    You stumble upon a magic genie lamp. One of your wishes is for the perfect journal cover. This is that journal cover.

  4. Like buttah 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jun 2015

    This cover is just perfect; it's a great fit and is aging so nicely. The quality of the leather and workmanship is excellent.

  5. Perfect! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jun 2015

    Cover fits perfectly and I like the way the leather extends on the inside so that I am not writing over a hump...I'm a bit of a leather junkie, and this Gfeller is as nice as any that I have. Nice and supple.

  6. Excellent product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd May 2015

    Before I discovered Nanami, I ordered a Gfeller Kip cover for a extra-large notebook direct from Gfeller, which I have had for about a year. The cover has aged magnificently, the construction and design is first-rate, it fits my notebook like a glove, as it was designed to do. I absolutely love it in every regard.

    Recently, I purchased two of the A5 Gfeller covers from Nanami. Everything I said above is the same. As with previous orders, the shipping, packaging and customer service is as good as any vendor on the market. From sale to delivery to everyday use, the experience with Nanami and Gfeller products has been of the highest order. I cannot recommend either too highly.

  7. Expensive, but worth it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Feb 2015

    Having previously bought the kip Gfeller cover for the Hobonichi planner, I knew immediately that if I ever bought the Seven Seas journal, the Gfeller cover would be another must.

    Leather products are expensive. There's no getting around that. You can easily balk at paying a lot for what is essentially a few strips of leather stitched together, but the quality of these is unquestionable. Barring a catastrophe, they will likely last a lifetime, making the cost a worthy investment.

    The extra-long cover flaps make installing the cover a bit of a pain, but once installed, it fits the journal like a glove. And the leather is soft, supple -- a pure joy to handle. My specimen has marks and "imperfections," but I don't mind. I'm sure they will add character as it ages.

    Since the kip leather is unfinished, I'm finding myself a bit impatient for it to age and darken. I could speed up the process, but I've elected to leave it alone as a testament to the craftsmanship and quality of the people at Gfeller. They aren't as vocal and don't have a big online presence like other companies...they let their work do the talking. And this cover gets a lot of queries from friends. That's a testament to its quality, too.

  8. An excellent cover! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jan 2015

    I had previously bought the "MF Faux Leather A5 Notebook Cover" and found it very good. It was so inexpensive and yet of such quality that I just had to buy the considerably more expensive "Seven Seas Gfeller A5 Cover - Kip Leather" to see how they compared. The Gfeller cover is worth the extra expense! It is handsome; it fits the Seven Seas notebooks perfectly; has a nice tactile feel; and it is very sturdy (likely will last my lifetime).

  9. Beautiful and Field Tested 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Nov 2014

    I bought this cover for my day to day journal, but as a field geologist I've used Gfeller and other leather field gear for years and have never been disappointed. I'm looking forward to watching this cover as it ages and gains it's color, stains and scratches that will give it character and make it mine. It's a perfect fit for my Seven Seas Standard. Highly recommended.

  10. Exquisite Craftsmanship 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Aug 2014

    I own a lot of high end leather products and this naked Kip cover is top quality.

    The greatest compliment I can offer is that two coworkers came by my desk, saw this Kip cover on my Seven Seas and picked up the book and caressed the leather which prompted all sorts of oohs and aahs and questions.

    Looking forward to the next several years with this cover to see how it ages.

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