Gfeller Casemakers Leather Laptop Cover Review


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Just to let you know, I’m still immersed in my latest obsession: notebooks, pens, and their associated accessories. I hope at least a few of you are also fans of Moleskine, Rhodia, or similar brands of small hardcover notebooks. Because if you are, I have a leather notebook cover of Gfeller Casemakers which I know you will be interested in learning more about.

Note: Most of the images in this review can be clicked to view a larger size.

Gfeller is an American company that has been around since 1946. They started making protective leather cases for geologists, engineers and field scientists, but have since added notebook covers to their offerings. They recently sent me one of their covers for the Rhodia “webbies” notebook in A6 format (3.5 x 5.5). I was their guinea pig since they had not offered this particular size until now.

Gfeller covers are made from English Kip leather which is finished without the addition of dyes or other chemical dyes. All they use is a light application of pure beef foot oil to help the blanket resist moisture and dirt. As you can see, the color of a new blanket resembles the color of Silly Putty or human flesh, which might not appeal to everyone. Don’t worry too much though. These blankets will darken with use and exposure to sunlight and even fluorescent lighting. Just like our own skin, they can “tan”. I wanted to leave the blanket in the sun for several hours to show how it darkens, but unfortunately it’s winter here in South Indiana, and that means little sun. You can take a look at a Photo on the Gfeller site which shows a good example.

This leather notebook cover is fine and smooth with an extremely fine grain to the leather. It is sewn with beige thread and on the inside of the back cover it is stamped with Gfeller’s name and web address.

Inserting the notebook into the cover is really easy. Choosing the top or bottom cover, slide it under the large flap to secure it in place. Then do the same with the other cover by flexing the book.

You will notice that there is a special slot cut into the back cover to allow the elastic band of the laptop to still be in use.

The cutout for the tape aligns perfectly.

For those of you who like to keep papers in the back pocket, you can still do that easily.

A notebook with the Gfeller cover looks nice and feels great in the hand. The cover is easy to open and feels like part of the book, allowing you to open the notebook flat as you would if it wasn’t installed.

There is only one problem that I noticed with the use of the Rhodia elastic…

Since the bands on these notebooks are quite tight initially, they can actually warp the edge of the top leather cover.

Due to the fact that the cover is about 0.25 inch longer than the book on all sides, the tape should stretch to fit around it.

This folds the edge of the leather up. It’s not a big deal, but for those of you who might be a bit picky, I thought I should mention it.

However, I have another way of using the elastic band …

It is possible to use the group rather as a bookmark by putting it around the pages rather than around the cover. Just an idea

There is not much more to say about the Gfeller Leather Laptop Cover as it is a very simple product that has been designed to do a very simple task. It will protect the cover of your Moleskine and Rhodia notebooks allowing it to become more unique. I can’t wait for mine to have “character”.

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Product information

Price: $ 59.00
Maker: Gfeller Casemakers
Advantages:
  • Simple design
  • Gains character as you age
  • Reusable
The inconvenients:
  • Rhodia elastic too tight

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