Issues to be aware of when buying and leather maintenance:
TRAVELER’S notebook consists of a cut cow leather tanned using vegetable tannin and a tin-made part attached on a rubber band. It is hard to process a leather tanned by vegetable tannin for it shows the wrinkles and scratch marks easily. However, it is environment friendly, and has an authentic attractiveness where it beautifully changes over time. The leather used for the TRAVELER’S notebook has oil seeped inside, and by doing so, it makes the finish soft. They wanted to make full use of the natural feeling, so did not process it excessively. So please note that there might be some small scratches and wrinkles on the cover. The longer you use it, the more the colour deepens. And by this deepening, the scratches would be harder to spot.
The colour dye of the leather is done naturally, so there is a risk of the colour transferring to an adjacent object when it becomes wet or gets rubbed. When the leather becomes wet through rain or sweat, the colour may transfer to your clothes or bag, so please be aware when in use. In case it gets wet, please use a dry and soft cloth to absorb the water soaked inside and dry it in shade. Please avoid using water, benzene, and thinner for this leather. When preserving it, please be aware of any moisture, dirt, and sweat that is on the leather, and store it in a dry place. Please prevent this from sticking to other leather items and vinyl products.
The tightness of the rubber band can be adjusted by changing the position of the knot. Please adjust to your favourite length.
When opening the package, there may be some white powder like substance on the cover of the notebook, but this is oil appearing from the change in temperature. This will disappear by either warming the surface by using a hair dryer or wiping it with a cloth. Also, if the smell of the oil bothers you, then please dry it in a cool and dark environment for a few days. This will take away the smell to an extent.
The oil which appears as a white powder will blend into the leather cover through its use, but in case you’re worried about it, it will disappear by adding heat to it.
TRAVELER’S notebook can be used without maintaining, but if you are worried about the scratch marks or the leather drying up, then please use a leather cream such as Renapur (which you can find at Bookbinders). By using this, the colour of the leather deepens, and becomes more polished. This will prevent the scratch marks from showing up. Prior to doing this, please try this first on a part that hardly stands out.
The part where the colour is darker (above) is the place where the leather cream has been applied.
This is an example of a TRAVELER’S notebook that has been used for five years.
The beauty of TRAVELER’S notebook is that depending on how you use it, the expression and the texture of the leather varies. Please use this notebook for a long time and embrace your one and only TRAVELER’S notebook.