Model: The Stash
Page count per refill: 50
Size: 5.5" x 8.75"
Refills: Blank, lined, grid, dot grid
The Stash Price: $50.00USD
Refills start at: $7.00USD
Where to buy: Bull & Stash
This notebook was simply presented with a kraft paper belly band. The front is stamped with the Bull & Stash logo. I like this plain presentation - it is minimal and not excessive. It could be reused - gift wrap? A funky letter? - or it can be recycled. No plastic, no box.
This leather cover is basic, not unlike Fauxdori/Midori Traveler's Notebook leather covers. This cover has slightly rounded corners and unfinished edges. The inside is also unfinished, which adds a lot of texture.
PERFORMANCE & FEEL
Let's first look at the cover: it's delicious! The leather feels so delectable in hand. It's smooth and soft, supple, and with only one refill in place, this is not a bulky cover at all. It smells so good - like real leather! - and it's clean and classy. There is no elastic closure for this notebook but even as the refill gets a little thicker with ink and bends, the cover still closes over it. Without an elastic closure and with a soft cover, I had to be a little careful when putting this in my bag. I didn't want to bend the cover(s) back and ruin the paper.
The refill has a firm, somewhat thick paper spine and a firm back cover. This is nice for some structure to the soft cover but I think it makes it difficult to use the refill. Using the backs of the paper is difficult because the paper does not lie flat. I actually removed the spine and just left the refill in with the screws. I found this easier to work with because I could fold the pages more easily and it was easier to flatten out the pages so I could write on the backs. This does mean your refill edges/corners are less protected but I'm a crazy person. I don't mind if my paper is not pristine for leather cover notebooks.
PROS & CONS
This is not a Traveler's type leather cover where you personalize it and add multiple refills and such. This is a leather cover with a paper refill inside. I really like this cover - the leather is super nice, it looks great, it feels great, and it smells divine. I tend to not use the elastics on other leather covers, so I like this plain set up. However, the paper does nothing for me, and it's hard to write on comfortable, especially the backs. The thick, wide spine does not allow the refill to lie flat.
CONNECT WITH ME: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Pinterest | Google
I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.