Leather Journal Cover

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The earliest forms of journal writing came from scrawled images on cave walls. As mankind evolved paper became a commonplace therefor a leather journal cover or a leather notebook cover is essential to protect the paper.

Some of the greatest war heroes and political figures wrote in journals regularly to keep an account of their lives, and to relieve stress. One of the most popular journals is “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which reveals the life of a young girl in hiding. Through time, many have picked up journal writing as a hobby. It is commonplace to have “dream diaries,” fictional stories, “dear diary” logs, and much more protected in a leather journal cover. Journals also help people reflect on their daily lives. Some of the most famous people in history kept journals – Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Mark Twain, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more.

Keeping a journal is something dear to many peoples’ hearts, and something that should be looked forward to. That is why, when looking for a journal, it makes sense to get a quality leather journal cover, that will, last a long time and keep your memories safe. The best of journals generally come with a leather journal cover and are something we recommend all journal writers have.

Why Choose Leather

The best leather sketchbooks and leather journal covers can withstand the test of time. You know those leather motorcycle jackets people wear? They keep wearing them because, seriously, they last forever. Also, leather is so easy to clean, so if something spills on the leather, it’s a breeze to wipe off. The same cannot be said for other materials such as paper and cloth. Stains such as ink and oil can be impossible to clean off of paper or cloth material, and while some leather material may stain easier than others, it generally holds up pretty well to stains. Since a leather notebook cover is often brought on the go and shoved in backpacks or briefcases, they can be susceptible to environments where stains are commonplace (especially on tables), which is why it is essential to have a journal that can be kept in excellent condition. On top of that, leather has that vintage smell that we love so much.When giving a gift to a family member it is important to pick real leather.

There are many types of leather to choose from, so it is essential to know what style of leather you want before buying a leather notebook cover. Let us begin to explore the best kind of leather journal cover. I will also discuss how to spot fake leather. Since leather journals are more money than non-leather journal, we want to make sure the leather cover is the real deal.

Cowhide versus Synthetic

Real cowhide, or real leather, is a signal of quality. However, synthetic products are on the market as well.

Durability: Real leather is exceptionally durable, whereas synthetic options, even faux leather, are made of chemicals and plastics that may not last near as long. Whereas real leather is smooth for many years, many faux leather covers wear out over time and are uncomfortable to the touch.

Color: It is challenging to replicate that authentic leather color in a synthetic version, though synthetic options will come in a variety of colors that leather does not offer, such as red, blue, and green. Synthetic options that imitate a leather color will either be a photocopy of a real leather hide somewhere or design made form clip art. A real leather cover from a cowhide will have a distinct personalized pattern thats unique from any other cover, just as one person’s fingerprints are distinct from the next person’s.

Price: Leather will be more expensive than synthetic, and rightfully so. It’s the real deal and is what faux leathers aspire to be. A superior product will generally cost more, and this area of products is no exception.

Types of Leather Journal and Notebook Covers

Full Grain

Full grain leather is the crème de la crème of leather. It is the top layer of cowhide and has the whole grain intact. Full grain leather is untouched, so often comes with blemishes or other markings. Full grain leather is authentic to the exact look of the cow it came from. Since full grain leather is untouched, the most durable fibers of the cowhide remain, and what we are left with is an extremely durable, breathable leather. Many connoisseurs enjoy full grain leather for its natural aging process, wherein time naturally enhances the look of the leather. Full grain leather is for sure the most expensive type of leather available and is often found in high leather products. Full grain leather does require maintenance to keep the leather in shape and should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Top Grain

Top grain leather is one step below full grain, literally and figuratively. Top grain is the layer of cowhide just underneath full grain and is the second-most sought-after type of leather. This leather is already touched as part of the separating process, and therefore workers can easily remove blemishes from top grain leather. Top grain leather is often sanded on the surface to reveal a uniform look; this sanding process results in a material that not as robust as top grain and therefore easier to work with. Luxury items still sport top grain, but over time, the color does not beautify as well as the color of full grain leather does.

Corrected Top Grain Leather

This top grain leather that initially had too many blemishes and markings to be picked as full grain leather is known as corrected grain leather. Just as the name implies, the leather has been corrected. Parts of the surface grain is removed and buffed to remove the natural markings on the surface.

Split Leather

Below the top grain layer of the hide, we are left with an area called the corium, where split leather is created. This is lower quality than top grain that is often used to make suede leather.

Reconstituted, Bonded or Fiber Leather

These are a few of many leather terms for the same type of leather. Instead of tossing the scraps from the work process of creating other types of leather, workers shred and bond the scraps together with a polyurethane binder to create bonded leather. While this kind of leather material may be low-grade, this process is a testament to the ingenuity of leather workers. Whereas they once would have tossed out scraps, leather workers have discovered a process to create use out of every bit of an animal hide, minimizing waste, an environmentally friendly manufacturing process.

Bonded leather is found in furniture and book bindings, such as journal covers, but does have its disadvantages. First, it is not durable like full grain or top grain leather. Second, it is hard to repair bonded leather once it wears down.

Faux or Synthetic Leather

Faux leather, synthetic leather, or “pleather,” are terms used to describe fake leather notebook covers that look and may feel like leather, but are not leather. Faux leather products can be made from paper pulp, plastic, and/or natural and synthetic fibers. Faux leather applications are generally limited to whatever applications leather is naturally used for. Generally these are not leather journal covers that are refillable and are not reusable.

Why use faux leather ?

The first reason is the price. Faux leather is less expensive than real leather, so in applications such as car seats where the cost of real leather is expensive, faux leather is sometimes used. Faux leather can be manipulated to require little upkeep but does not retain all the breathable qualities that real leather has. Finally, a faux leather notebook cover will crack and peel unlike real leather.

How to Check for Fake Leather

Buy your leather journal cover or leather notebook cover from a reputable company with excellent reviews, a strong online presence, and a place you can quickly get in touch with. This can be a sign of a company that has nothing to hide and is proud of the authentic, genuine leather products they sell.


For the best leather journal cover, we recommend an authentic, full grain leather and especially when giving a gift. You want the person receiving the gift to appreciate the quality. Full grain leather will always result in a personalized leather notebook cover because the grain on hides is unique as a fingerprint.

The bonded leather is made from leather scrap and is the least durable of all. Over time, the texture and color will worsen, quite the opposite of full grain leather.

A faux, or synthetic, leather journal cover or leather notebook cover may look and feel the same for a brief period of time but will soon fall apart as is made from synthetically manufactured materials.

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