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If You Want to Cover Your Field Notes in Leather… (ColsenKeane)

January 28, 2016

In my quest to write by hand more regularly, I’ve learned two things:

  1. There are LOTS of companies that make 3.5″x5.5″ pocket notebooks, not least of which is Field Notes.
  2. Not content to let those little notebooks exist unadorned, a number of folks have created leather covers.

One such company is ColsenKeane, a creator of custom leather goods. Their founder, Scott Hofert, believes in manufacturing high-quality goods that will last for a long time:

In our modern society, it’s next to impossible to find long-haul products. Passion-infused items crafted with fanatical detail. At ColsenKeane, we believe our leather pieces are creating form, function AND narrative.

I’m grateful to ColsenKeane for sending me a Field Notes Cover so I can bring you this review. The color is “Brown Crazy Horse.”

 

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You can tell these folks take delight in their work, a trait I appreciate. Here is what the packaging looked like:

 

Packaging Wrapped

wrapped

 

Packaging Unwrapped

unwrapped

 

It was so well presented, I almost didn’t want to open it, but I ripped into it quickly enough.

 

1_Front Cover Unwrapped

 

2_Look Inside

 

It came with two Field Notes inserts. This is one of the salient features of this leather cover–it’s specifically intended for two notebooks.

 

3_with Field Notes Inserts

 

Just because you can insert two notebooks doesn’t mean you have to. This is one of those how full do you like your wallet? questions. Avid notebook users will probably have more than one memo book, each for a different purpose. So I like the decision to set up the cover to be able to accommodate two notebooks.

There is an option for three-letter monogramming:

 

4_Monogram

 

The elastic place marker is not something I would have known I’d appreciate, but I do:

 

5_Ready to Write

 

Everything is held together by elastic. The leather, of course, will last for ages–the elastic may not. So far I’ve had no issues with mine, but ColsenKeane does sell replacement elastic (or you can get your own), if need be. Elastic and leather feel like a funny combination, but ColsenKeane has done a nice job of putting everything together.

Let me show you in pictures–you basically just slide the open notebook into one of the elastic pieces, and it fits pretty securely.

 

8_Elastic 2

 

9_Elastic to hold book

 

The elastic closure to keep the notebook closed is probably not utterly essential, but it has a good job to do, especially if you’re putting the notebook cover in your pocket.

 

6_Strap Closure

 

7_Front Cover Wrapped

 

The leather cover works great for other non-Field Notes notebooks, too, especially if they’re 3.5″x5.5″:

 

10_Word Inside Cover

 

The little Baron Fig Apprentice notebooks are 5 inches (not 5.5) high, so they’re a little looser, but they actually work pretty well in this cover, too:

 

11_Two Confidants

 

Or you could mix and match:

 

12_With Apprentice and Field Notes

 

There is no pen holder, per se, but it’s easy enough to clip a pen to the cover.

ColsenKeane’s Field Notes cover is really well constructed. Two thumbs up for that. Of course, you don’t need a leather cover for your pocket notebooks. Pocket notebooks do just fine in your pocket without leather covering them.

But the Field Notes cover looks really cool and smells and feels good, so I’ll keep using it, as long into 2016 (and beyond?) as my analogue kick continues. It is an awesome piece of workmanship, and enhances the writing experience, giving me another Pavlovian motivation to be on paper more and at the screen less.

More info about the leather cover is here.

 


 

Many thanks to the fine folks at Colsen Keane for the notebook cover for review! Learn more about the company here.

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