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Refillable Leather Journal/Notebook Cover

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by mistermullens, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. mistermullens

    mistermullens Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hey guys. I've recently rediscovered how much I enjoy using pen and paper for ideas and such, and I'd like your guidance. I have Twins on the way, and I want to have something they can hold, and read, something in my own hand, that they can enjoy one day when I'm not around. I've begun writing down ideas and things in an app on my phone, but I'm obviously wanting something more personal. Here's what I'm looking for.

    • Size: Nothing smaller than 3x5, but can be slightly larger
    • Paper: Something easily replaceable and can be found most anywhere (online OK)
    • Cover: Must be leather and have classic look
    • Cover: I'd love it if it had a "pouch/folder/flap" to slide single page notes/cards into
    • Cover: Would be great if it held a pen/pencil

    Thanks!
     
  2. mistermullens

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    Levenger has a ton of really great products. Pricey, but if you watch for things on sale you can get the price down a bit. The quality is very good.

    www.levenger.com
     
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    Letts of London or Economist pocket diaries.
     
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    The best cover I ran across was from The Well Shaved Gentleman. They primarily make strops, but occasionally make covers as well. Can always contact them to see if they can make some when they're not listed on the site.

    For paper and ink, I'd recommend Goulet Pens. Truly awesome people.

    In the pricey, but way cool and very well made department, are Oberon covers.

    If you have any fountain pen questions, feel free to ask me.
     
  6. imwjl

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    Now that our community gave you some suggestions for the book you need to choose the right fountain pen and ink. I'm partial to 1920s - 50s Parkers, 1960s Lamys, and post-war Pelikans.

    It has to have a gold nib in good shape or broken in to really get the beauty.

    Have fun shopping.

    My twins are 11 this month. I suppose I could offer advise there too but sometimes think kids advice is best given when they're supporting themselves.

    :)
     
  7. mistermullens

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    So, an interesting topic has come up now, which I will include in the discussion.

    Why do I need a fountain pen?

    BTW, thanks for the current suggestions, and keep them coming!
     
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    Something that lasts and quality just like a nice journal.
     
  9. mistermullens

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    Hadn't really thought too much about the pen. Do you guys use these everyday? I could be writing at specific times, but I could also write at any moment.
     
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    imwjl Poster Extraordinaire

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    I can't speak for others, but I use 1930s - 1970s pens like celebrities use guitars and amps from the same eras. No leather bound notebooks, but ones with quality paper.
     
  11. mistermullens

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    bumpity
     
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    Well, you don't "need" a fountain pen, but they give your writing a more personal and distinguished look. And, they're just beautiful!

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    I don't know if Filofax format has been mentioned but you can get them in good quality leather covers and they have the advantage that you can choose what page elements to include. There's lots of choice inc. A5 size plastic inserts. I fill mine with ordinary lined notepaper.
     
  16. mistermullens

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    Okay! After looking at what seems like THOUSANDS of journals & notebooks, I think I've finally settled on this one. Looks great and it's refillable. I like the Antique Brown. What do you guys think?
     
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    Nice!

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    Thanks, Kevin. Couldn't figure out how to get the pic going.
     
  19. mistermullens

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    So, about these fountain pens. I'm thinking about getting one. Got a couple of questions.

    How concerned should I be about leaking?

    Can you recommend a "beginner" pen? I don't want to drop a lot of cash and not like the pen.

    Thanks!
     
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