From time to time I get the question to make a notebook just like the one I posted online. Usually it turns out to be an image of one of my own Traveler’s Notebooks, which has been used quite a lot and has a lovely patina and shine to it.
Obviously I can make it just like I made mine, but the patina has to develop over time and will not come right out of the box. To demonstrate this I made some photo’s of two TN’s, one is brand new and hasn’t been handled other than for making it and the other one is mine and has been with me for over 2 years now.
Both are made from exactly the same leather, had the same dyeing process and are the same size.As you can clearly see, they do not look the same….
I think you can guess which one is mine =)
There is definitely more shine to mine and you can see a few dents in the leather. It’s more flexible and overall looks more aged and worn. This notebook has been with me for over 2 years now and had traveled with me where ever I went.
This change in the leather is the natural aging process for vegetable tanned saddle leather, the patina it develops. This process really starts the moment you start to use your notebook and often the patina comes quite fast, with a few weeks of use.
In this particular notebook, it was dyed with English bridle before dyeing it black (on the outside only). As you can see on my notebook, the brown of the English bridle is shining through the black, giving it a very warm vintage undertone.
The inside of both notebooks are still English Bridle. Mine is the bottom one in the above picture.
So to answer the original question, yes I can make a notebook like one of the pictures you saw, but the patina, I cannot make for you. However, rest assured, it’ll come, often quicker than you expect.
I hope you found this post useful. if you have any question, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can either email us or leave a comment here.
I hope you have a wonderful week,