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100% handmade in the USA. Each Pelle journal is crafted from fine American leather and is paired with a high quality notebook. The 28 lb, linen cover Pelle notebooks are fountain pen friendly. Each leather journal cover can accommodate up to three Pelle notebooks and features a stringed book marker, linen cloth travel bag and extra elastic band (perfect for keeping the journal closed).
Please note: Each Pelle leather journal has its own unique distressed look due to the characteristic and nature of leather. Measures 4.3 inches X 8.3 inches.
DO NOT BUY IF YOU USE FOUNTAIN PENS. The journal itself, with the various
elastic cords, leather cover, and packaging is every bit as nice as the Midori
Traveller's Notebook, which shares the same design. It is quite lovely. The
paper refills are also quite smooth and perfectly acceptable for pencil,
ballpoint, and gel/rollerball pens up to medium width. However, for most
fountain pens this paper is terrible. It feathers with every ink I tried (
Sailor, Pilot, Diamine, Noodlers--except black--and Platinum. Even with a
Sailor 1911 with a fine nib (0.30mm nib width) the paper feathered so much it
looked as if I was writing with a bold nib. The ink also bled through the
If one does not use fountain pens or bold-tipped gel pens, this would be a great
notebook. For fountain pen users, my only recommendation is to replace the
refilled with the original sized Midori traveller's notebook refills. They are
the same size, and the paper is superior for use with fountain pens.
I received my journal last week, and fell in love with this form factor. It's
very portable, fits in my purse/bag very well. It's very customizable. I've
added a charm to the elastic closure, I've made my own inserts - grid, sketch
paper, watercolor, 2 made of an old map for collaging, and a 2-pocket thing made
of an old file folder that will fit around one of the notebook-type inserts. I
added an old name tag holder to the inside front cover (with double-sided tape)
in the included insert to hold 3x5 cards and making-tape sticker sheets. The
stock inserts are a little bigger than 8x8 - and not perfectly square. It's
close enough though, that I am making my homemade inserts 8x8 and it works fine
The included unlined insert is good paper. I have been using Uniball gel pens
for writing, and that works quite nice and smooth; also tried out the light
black Aquash Brush Pen filled with Pigment Ink, and it didn't bleed through.
What kept me from giving it a top rating is that, rather than being similar to
the Midori Traveler's Notebook, it's an outright clone- right down to the
positioning of text stamped in the leather, the box printed on the first page of
the inserts, the packaging. They didn't take the idea and make it their own,
they just imitated.
I went with the Pelle because I figured it was a little greener ordering
something made here in the US where I am, but after getting it and comparing
reviews online that show pictures of both side by side, the outright lift of
design is so blatant that it made me uncomfortable.
I bought the Pelle Journal to compare with a Midori Travel Journal that I
already own. For better-or-worse, the Midori wins hands down. Essentially, the
Midori is made of paper quality / thicker leather. It keeps its shape when the
paper signatures are inserted. The Pelle, however, wants to fold in on itself.
Thinking the elastic was pulled too tight, I attempted to restring it. No luck.
I'll be sticking with my Midori.
Just got mine yesterday, and I'm already in love with it. Is it pretty much the
same darn thing as the Midori, to the point of being a "rip-off" of their
design? Yes, obviously it is. In all honesty though, for so long it was nearly
impossible to get the Midori here in the states (unless it's just that I was
just completely inept at searching online, which is totally possible I guess),
that I am not totally surprised that someone attempted to fill that niche. I
have wanted a Midori for so long that I jumped at the opportunity to get
something that is similar. To tell the truth, I had given up on getting a Midori
and only realized that it was more available in the states now after I ordered
this journal and started looking up ways to make DIY inserts. Still, I'm not
unhappy with this purchase. I love my journal. I immediately went out and got a
Rhodia no18 and made a couple of my own inserts out of the paper. They are much
cheaper that way.
The journal itself is beautiful and just feels and looks so beautiful that I
just find my fingers itching to use it. I look forward to making this journal my
own, and to having it for a long long time.