Q: Where is your product made?
A: Designed in the USA. Made in China.
Q: This is fake leather right?
A: Faux leather, yes. As in artificial. As in no animals had to give up their hide to make this beautiful journal cover that feels soft and luxurious in your hands.
Q: Does the initial purchase come with paper already in the journal?
A: All journals come with a lined notebook already inserted. Refills can be purchased later that are lined, blank, or a dot grid pattern.
Q: Do your refills fit all your journals?
A: Yes. Each product labeled as a 'refill' fits snugly inside all of the faux leather journal covers.
Q: What refills do your journals take?
A: We designed this journal cover to take an A5 sized refill. The actual size is 143mm x 210mm. Note that not all journals labeled as A5 are exactly the same size. Take care to check the actual refill size before purchasing if you buy another brand.
Q: Does the journal fit an actual A5 size notebook?
A: The dimensions listed are a very common cut for A5. The reason they do not match the definition of A5 as listed in a paper size chart is this: When cutting paper down from the A0 size that manufacturers buy it in, there is always some trim as it goes through the equipment. While we could produce a refill that is exactly the international definition of A5 (and did at one time), the waste from the trimming process is considerable. Waste drives up the manufacturing price and it's, well, wasteful. This is why we list the detailed dimensions -- to help people who are mixing and matching covers with refills avoid an awkward combination. This is also why we provide our own refills... so people will know for sure that the refill fits.
Q: Can I buy just the faux leather cover without the insert?
A: Not yet, but we do plan to introduce a mix-and-match service in 2018. This will allow customers to pick a cover, then pick a refill (lined, blank, dots) to put in it.
Q: Do you offer an Ivory paper refill -- something not so bright?
A: At this time, we offer only the bright white paper.
Q: How good is the paper quality/thickness?
A: The paper pages have an 80 gsm thickness and are fountain-pen safe. Check out our Bleed Test image under the product pictures.
Q: What is the line pitch?
A: The lines are 8 mm apart. This is close to the Medium Ruled or College Ruled size of 7.1 mm.
Q: Will the Hobonichi Cousin A5 fit in this?
A: I looked up the Hobonichi Techno Cousin Book and their measurements for the A5 (148 mm x 210 mm / 5.8" x 8.3") ] match ours. The corners, however, may give you trouble. Uncovered notebooks tend to have square corners, whereas our journals have rounded corners. This probably means that you won't be able to insert their book into our cover.
Q: Can a Leuchtturm A5 journal fit in this?
A: I have the 1917 model Leuchtturm journal and it does fit into my SohoSpark cover. It's a snug fit, but I didn't really have trouble getting it in or out.
Q: Can this fit in your pocket?
A: Not unless you have very big pockets. It's the size of a typical book: 6 x 8 3/4 x 7/8 inches.