Levenger journals?

I was looking at the latest Levenger catalogue and thinking about one of their small-size journals. I like the idea of something Moleskine-sized but in leather, refillable, and with thicker paper. It seems like that describes the Levenger journals.

Anyone have one? Do you like it? Do you know how the line width compares to the Moleskine?

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Ordering

The small journal refills are two for $12, and I had a 20% off coupon code. So I ordered a set. If i like them and use them, then I'll order a leather cover. Otherwise I'll have only wasted $15.

I'll write a review here once I get them and use them. I chose the $2 more shipping, so they should be here in a week...

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Steff
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cant wait

I'm looking forward to your review... I like hearing about new things so I can put them on my "I want" list :) Since joining this forum that list is getting pretty substantial.

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Modification

Something I plan to do is to take some elastic and cut two small slits in the back of the refill to make my own Moleskine-esque closure. It it works and I wind up buying a leather journal, I'll do the same thing to it. The elastic band is one of my favorite things about the Moleskine, and I'm happy to create my own. (Mine will have a pen loop sewn on it, though. I need one.

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Steff
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They're here.

The small size is too small. I think I'll return them for the next size up. The medium is 4x6", half an inch larger in both directions than the pocket Moleskine. But I'm only going to bother if I can find out something about the Levenger covers -- are any of the models hardcover? Because a soft leather cover isn't going to do well just tossed in my bag... Maybe I should stick with the Moleskines. Hmmm.

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Steff
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i ordered some cardinals notebooks as well

i ordered some cardinals as well but in the large size which based on the inches listed is about the six the JUNIOR which makes me wonder why. why not size them the same as the circa and call them "junior", "compact" and "nano"

the fact that sizes dont match up annoys me. not enough to not buy one just saying.

Ryan do you know anything about why the sizes were done they way they are.

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Levenger stole ALL of my money, but they left me all these nice, shiny organizational tools.

Darn spam filters.

I posted this yesterday, but it never showed up.

I wrote in one of the small journals I got. The paper is terrible. Really terrible. My two best fountain pens, which write perfectly on even cheap copier paper, feathered horribly on the journal paper. Also, the bleedthrough was really bad.

I'm really disappointed. I'm also glad I bought the smallest size, because it's the least waste of money.

So it looks like I'll be sticking with Moleskines for now. I'd prefer it if the paper was thick enough that I could write on both sides, but oh well. I can't have everything.

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Steff
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Disappointment.

I've tried to post this before, but hopefully I am now in the notaspammer group and this will go through...

The Levenger journal paper is horrible. Really horrible. I'm glad I bought the small version because the money spent was completely wasted. My extra-fine point fountain pens, which write on everything including cheap copy paper, feathered. Feathered! Badly! And the paper is really rough to the touch. And the bleed-through was so bad that I'm surprised the ink didn't show on the page _under_ the one I wrote on.

I'll stick with my Moleskine. The paper may be a little thin, but it's way better than the Levenger journal paper. Ugh.

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Steff
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i agree

i second that. only i bought the large size.

what is more they paper is really expensive. i did the math and it is the most expensive levenger paper 20 cents a page, 40 cents a sheet.

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Levenger stole ALL of my money, but they left me all these nice, shiny organizational tools.

Update

Yesterday I wrote Levenger and told them how disappointed I was by the journal refills. They're refunding my money. Very nice of them.

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Steff
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i should try that!

i should try that!

edit:
i did. they are making me send them back first. which is ok, but it sucks too because i have to wait for the refund.

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Levenger stole ALL of my money, but they left me all these nice, shiny organizational tools.

Borders has a refillable journal

that is very similar to the Levenger one, down to the raised thingys on the spine. The paper has worked well with my fountain pen not feathering, but there is too much bleedthrough to write on the back side. It's a great deal with at $39 with a 30% off coupon if you are signed up for Borders rewards.

btw - it's real leather, comes in black, brown and red, although the red is kind of funky

Levenger Stanley Journal

I have used the Levenger Stanley journal for several years now. I always write in it with a fountain pen, a Sailor fine point. I have never had any bleed through on the pages. I think the quality is excellent. I like having a leather cover too. It feels luxurious and makes me look forward to writing in it. I would recommend this without hesitation to anyone.

Bummer

I'm really disappointed to hear about the poor quality with the new Levenger Journals. I just dropped a good amount of money on a large Bomber Jacket cover and two Cardinal journals refills for a friend. And I was sort of peeved to begin with because the Boston store sold the Bomber Jacket journal with the regular journal insert, which wasn't what I wanted and the clerk didn't care that they were sold with the Cardinal journal in the catalog. And given how expensive the cardinal journals are I didn't appreciate having to buy them separately.

I wanted to buy my friend a new journal and when I saw the Bomber Jacket it just looked like him. I thought the new line of journals would be preferable to the traditional journal inserts because they looked like they were easier to store once they were full. I also wanted something that I could continue to give him refills through the years.

Now I'm torn as to what to do. Maybe I should return everything and find a new journal for him. I personally use a Circa notebook for my journal because I can keep them in my agenda and don't have to always carry a separate book. And they do have the various bomber jacket circa items (can you tell I really want to get him something with the bomber jacket???).

At least his birthday isn't until Feb 1 - I bought early because of a coupon :-).

Stanly Journal refills

I have used 5xx8 blank Stanley Journals for ten years and want continue. The black leather cover is one of the best thins I have EVER purchased: high quality leather. After years of abusive treatment, sun, water, dust. cold, it like new. Only a wonderful patina from the use. Levanger has canceled their order for the blank refills. Since I draw, watercolor and write I cannot use the lined refills so I'm up a creek. The paper isn't that good but I was willing to accept that in trade for the convenience, consistancy and binding quality. (the gold edges are pretty cool also.).
I'm quitting Levanger for good.
Anyone know where I can get blank refill to fit my leathher cover?

A trip to the print shop is in order

I have Stanley journal covers that I have refilled with Clairefontaine journals that I got cut to size at my local print shop. Not perfect, but has worked well for more than five years and probably about a dozen chopped up notebooks.

Stanley Journal Refills

raikausa.com has P/N 122-R 5.5" x 7.75" 340p gold edge journal refills for $22 that appear to be similar to the original Stanley refills. That said, I have not tried these yet.

Levenger journals

I have their refillable Stanley journal and I love it - it's the size of a cheque book cover and the refills are 3/$20.00. The paper is lovely to use except for fountain pens. Perfect size for purse, bag or pocket and love how the leather looks as it's become aged and worn. I live in Canada, so even with the exchange rate and the horrendous shipping costs, to me it's still worth it.

J