Designed to last several lifetimes. Switch out a new notebook and keep put the worn and patinaed leather journal cover on the new Leuchtterm1917 or Moleskine® journals™. Can be used with most similarly sized non-Moleskine or Leuchtturm1917 B5 journals and becomes especially beautiful with age. Journal not included.
Not all leather Moleskine covers are equal. We only use full grain leather. It is the best anyone can buy. The grain makes up the top layer of the leather just as shingles make up the top layer of the roof. Some places buy leather that has had the top layer, with all of it's scars, shaved or split off (split leather). It's much much cheaper, but it's like having a roof without shingles. Full grain leather patinas nicely because it still has the pores. The fibers are super dense and tightly woven so it's super strong and highly resistant to tearing and normal wear and tear. It just ages nicely. Top grain is when most of the grain is removed to get rid of scars. That leather does not age well either.
We line it with strong pigskin, which is stronger than the cowskin. With those two together, it is far stronger than any fabric or synthetic lined leather Moleskine cover.
Your leather journal cover is only as good as the weakest link and so that is usually the thread. Nylon thread deteriorates with UV rays from the sun, but we use a very expensive premium marine-grade thread like they use for parachutes and ships' sails. It'll hold together.
Journal Controversy Leuchtturm1917 vs Moleskine
We are very aware of the controversy of the newer company Moleskine from 1997 taking the design and functionality of the Leuchtturm 1917 and taking it to market in a big and popular way. We call it a Leather Moleskine Cover because it fits both perfectly, but we are usually in favor of the original, if they are quality and innovative. We have employees who only use Leuchtturm1917 journals because they like how the pages are each numbered and that they have a table of contents that you can put in there to find notes. It's interesting the controversy. Bottom line, we make leather journal covers for quality designs.
Fits These Notebooks:
Leuchtturm 1917 - 178x254mm (7”x10”) (B5)
Moleskine XL - 19 x 25 cm / 7.5 x 9.75 inches
Dimensions (W x H)
Opened: 16.50" x 11"
Closed: 7.87" x 11"
Weight: 1.15 lbs
I just got a new regret, and I don’t have very many. My giant list of huge screw ups have made me a better man, but this one I regret. About two weeks ago, I got the chance to sit down and ask the chief leather engineer of a German automotive tannery near our factory all the things I didn’t know about automotive leather, but I didn’t take any notes in my journal. I took them on a pad of paper out of my trusty Leather Portfolio and I’m kicking myself now.
I wish I had our new Large Leather Moleskine (or Leuchtturm1917) cover with me. I geeked out and took five full pages of notes that I wish I would have put in a permanent place. I’m going to be reupholstering my old 1977 FJ55 Toyota Land Cruiser pretty soon, the 2006 Toyota Tundra company pick up truck and our factory Toyota Hilux pick up. It’s really a cool work truck, but has cloth seats. So I needed to know all there was to know about automotive leather. I’ve been thinking about these seats ever since I upholstered my old 1984 Land Rover Defender. That came out cool, but I’m shooting for these seats to be the coolest leather seats the world has ever known.
I tell you this because if you’re a note taker, you really should take notes in a quality journal with a quality cover on it. The two best ones I’ve heard of are Leuchtturm1917 and Moleskine, but they both use a higher grade of paper that doesn’t bleed through much and doesn’t yellow over time. And we have a cover, now, not just for the Medium size but for the larger size too. Check them out.