Size: 8" x 5.5"
Sheet Count: 192 pages
Where to buy: Gallery Leather
Key West desk journal in honeysuckle, you'll know I found it attractive. This one? This is a leather desk journal in tan, and it's even better looking. It has the same features: rounded edges, satin bookmark in cream, ivory pages with non obstructive ruling, shiny golden page edgings, "Journal" is engraved into the leather, and the leather itself is a rich, warm brown. It's less tan, in my opinion, and more milk chocolatey brown, in the best way possible. I think it's a gorgeous journal that will appeal to most. Elegant, sophisticated, and professional.
PERFORMANCE & FEEL
First of all, the paper is smooth but not coated, and as their product page says, there is just a little bit of tooth to make the writing experience noteworthy. I must agree. The cover is soft flexible, which I also like. This journal is also a good size - portable, not too thick, not too small, but also a good enough size to leave at home on your desk if that's where you want it to sit at all times.
In my review of the Key West desk journal, I mentioned the paper smells really good. In this journal, the leather smells good and the paper smells good, too. Delicious. The whole journal is really nice. I love to sniff my journals. Yeah, I'm weird. I also write a blog about stationery and cats, go figure.
I tested the same pens, markers, pencils, etc, that I used in the Key West desk journal. I expected the paper to perform the same, and it did. What am I going to do here? Well, tell you the same thing I said about the Key West:
Sharpies, both the regular and brush tips, look great in this journal. No feathering, flows nicely on to the page. Of course, bleed through is likely, though I was surprised to find there was no bleed through with the metallic Sharpies, only some show through. Pencils, of course, had no issues on this paper.
Marker pens like the Sharpie premium pen, Sakura Pigma Microns, and Copic Multiliners performed really well - no feathering, very little bleed through, and minimal show through. The marker tips were really nice to write with on this paper as well.
Pentel Slicci, Pilot Hi-Tec-C, Zebra Sarasa SE, Dong-A Miffy, Pilot Choose, Uni-ball Signo DX, and ST Dupont Jet 8. Of course, ballpoints had no issues either. And they were fun to use as well. Also, I can't spell "gel" either. Why did I spell it "jel"? I don't know.
|Note there is more feathering and ghosting with this extra-fine nib than there is with the broad nib on the Edison below.|
- Made in the USA.
- Good looking journal.
- Journal feels good in hand. Good size.
- Pages are both glued and stitched.
- Paper smells really good. Don't act like I'm the only one who smells paper and notebooks.
- Does really well with gel pens and ballpoint pens. And pencils.
- There was extra glue visible from binding leftover on the spine and some squeezed out on to the outside of the pages, but much less than on the Key West Desk Journal.
- Not entirely fountain pen friendly, but it's not terribly unfriendly either.
I recommended the Key West desk journal based on the fact that it was attractive, made in the USA, had pretty good paper, and came in a variety of colours. At $2 more than the Key West ($20USD), this Leather desk journal ($22USD) is a little more of a luxury item, but it comes in six colours, and it's really nice. Smells great. It would be a lovely gift for a professional, a graduate, a stationery addict, or for yourself.
I was provided this notebook free of charge to sample, play with, get accustomed to, and review. I was not compensated monetarily to write this review. All opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this review.