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I do like this Pelle...
, November 7, 2012
I do like this Pelle journal and all. I bought it without the knowledge that
Midori has a competing product called the Midori Traveller. So regarding this
Pelle, the corners want to try to collapse due to the tension of the elastic
cords. Keeping them from collapsing is next to impossible. I tried adjusting
the tension but nothing helped. I saw another review where the user added two
more notebooks and claims to have solved the collapsing of the corners problem.
The leather is sort of 'flappy' and not very rigid on the Pelle, but it is still
This got me curious, so I bought a large Midori at roughly 55, and this one
(Pelle) is 39 is bit smaller. I found the Midori leather to be a bit heftier
but supple and the corners do NOT collapse on the corners from the elastic bands
(even with just one notebook). I think I'm sold on the outer cover of the
Midori, but the linen paper in the Pelle is better and weightier than the Midori
paper. Any way, either product will do the job and I like them both for
| I've owned a Midori Travelers...
, May 23, 2012
I've owned a Midori Travelers Notebook for years - it's clear these folks have
worked hard to copy every aspect of that product from the linen sleeve to the
packaging to the dimensions of the notebook to the way inserts are held by the
notebook. The same way I'm not going to by a Bolex watch, I'm really, really
reluctant to endorse the Pelle, regardless of where it's made. A knockoff is a
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DO NOT BUY IF YOU USE...
This review is from Pelle Leather Journal - Brown - Large + 1 Plain Linen Paper Notebook (4.3" X 8.3") Insert - 64 Pages
, February 11, 2012
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.
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I needed a small journal...
This review is from Pelle Leather Journal - Burnt Cognac - Small + 1 Plain Linen Paper Notebook (3.4" X 4.9") Insert - 64 Pages
, February 13, 2012
I needed a small journal to carry in my pants pocket. This one is the perfect
size. The quality of the leather is nice and the price was resonable.
I got out my store of small journals to see if any would fit. Clairfontaine
Life unplugged, one of my favorites, is too large! Smallest Rhodia notepad is
too small. Moleskine Cahiers too large. Leuchtturm 1917 too large.
So, I see this is a unique size: 3 1/2" by 5". Like an old notecard.
I decided I'd better stock up on extra inserts. It came with one plain one, no
Got out my pens to test how the combos of inks and nibs did.
This paper is good pretty much with very FINE nibs. My Sailor Prof. Gear fine
did ok with Bad Black Mocassin.
A Pelikan 140 extra fine with Badger and Blade's 5 O'clock shadow was ok. Lamy
2000 ex fine with BB Mocassion ok.
The paper SUCKS up ink right out of the pens and leaves a "fuzzy" line with
anything BUT a very fine nib.
#41 Brown from a .5 stub in Edison, was fuzzy. Baystate Blue from Pelikan ex
fine was fuzzy.
What I mean by "fuzzy" is that it "Feathers." Most inks Feather on this
The good news is that no inks showed BLEED through. Surprisingly, Diamine
Green/Black from Estie 2556 wrote well and almost no feathering.
Conclusion: The leather journal is definitely worth the money! Very nice
and antiquey! I'm not happy with the paper. I want a definite, clear line....I
cannot say that this is possible without some feathering.
I see there is a pack of refills which includes a Sketch one that should be
of better paper. I may try that one.
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First of all, I'm tired...
This review is from Pelle Leather Journal - Rustic Saddle - Small + 1 Plain Linen Paper Notebook (3.4" X 4.9") Insert - 64 Pages
, October 24, 2012
First of all, I'm tired of reading unhelpful reviews about how Pelle is a
imitation and blah blah... I own the large Midori notebook, but I wanted a
smaller version for EDC since I dont lug around a big bag with me anymore. I
decided to go for the small pelle journal because of its price and similarities.
I was torn between the brown and this rustic color. I like vintage and the
Rustic Saddle color appealed to me more. What I didn't realize was that when I
recieved my item, I discovered that the leather cover was actually a SUEDE type
of leather. No biggie, I grew to like it the more and more I petted it. :) The
leather feels very...buttery..and smooth. Its actually quite nice. Even though
the cover seems to easily get marked up with my finger nails and such, it seems
to be a bit more scratch resistant then my midori because it is suede. Pet it
and the marks fade some. The insert in my notebook arrived upside down and upon
correcting this I became VERY annoyed by how messy and tight the strings were in
the middle. The leather kept on curling on me and that made me upset for a
while. After I got 3 inserts fitted, things seemed to work out better.
The notebook insert:
Comes with a plain blank insert. The paper accepts my EF and F fountain pen nibs
fine. When I tried my medium nib it feathered. The paper is a bit thicker than
the midori inserts in the same size. What I don't like is that it won't lie flat
I fitted my pelle small journal with 2 more inserts (midori) and a zippered
pocket. So far I really like it. I gave it 4 stars because of the trouble I had
with the strings/bands in the middle. Other than that its awesome. My Pelle
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