Unfortunately, I can't say I'm an avid notebook user. I don't keep a (daily) journal, I don't use notebooks for notetaking or sketching,... But I do like buying them (don't ask me why!). And thus, when I found this beautiful leather journal at the Scrittura Elegante stand, while wandering around at the Tilburg Pen Show, I couldn't resist throwing my money it's way!
I must admit I bought the Amalfi journal purely for the aesthetics. I didn't know anything about the paper inside, but frankly that didn't bother me at that moment.
The design of the Amalfi is based on journals from back in the days... back in the medieval days that is! In fact, quite recently, when I was watching Marco Polo (a Netflix series that I found rather amusing to watch), Marco used a very similar journal to jot down his ideas and findings - Quite cool -
Amalfi used an incredibly soft, supple piece of leather for this journal. It's not overly thick, perhaps I would've preferred it to be slightly thicker and sturdier, but it definitely feels solid and sturdy enough, so I guess I can't complain. It's stitched all the way around, and as far as I can see, it's manufactured very precisely and with great attention to detail.
The book is kept closed the old-fashioned way, with a long -reaaaaaaally long- leather lace. This leather strip is attached to the right side flap of the cover. you just close the notebook, fold the flap over, and wrap the lace around it about three times. You can then just tuck the end underneath to secure it, et voilà! you're set! I really like this old-fashioned closure, yet it's definitely not the fastest or most convenient system. I guess if you want to, you could cut off part of the lace, so you don't have to wrap it around as much, but still, it'll never be the most practical closure you can find.
|Montblanc inks performed noticeabky better, with less feathering and bleedthrough|
|Mostly showthrough on the other side, but also some occasional bleedthrough|
That being said, you can just swap the refill out for something else if you want. I tried to put the Leuchturm A5 notebook in here, which worked perfectly, yet I'd suggest cutting off the elastic if you're sure about using it in the Amalfi cover, as the elastic band adds quite a bit of annoying bulk.
So yeah, overall I quite like this notebook. The leather cover is really neat, nicely finished and classy. The stock refill that came with it isn't great, but the universal size of the cover makes it possible to put a variety of your favourite notebooks in it, which solves the only real issue I could find.
|Pencil and rollerball work just fine|
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