Franklin-Christoph Notebook Cover Review

For a guy who can barely match his socks, much less his belt and shoes, Franklin-Christoph has really elevated my style the last couple of months with a pair of matching notebook covers.

They carry a great product line catering to our hobby. Pens, pen cases, paper, notebooks and notebook covers. I have several of their exceptional quality pen cases and one of their pens. At my last pen show I had nearly filled my daily journal and was set on buying a new A5 journal. I don’t like to get too many extra journals in stock and it gives me a chance to always try something new. I wiggled my way up to the FC table and picked up one of their journals that I didn’t realize was wrapped in one of their own journal covers. I was impressed with the journal and the cover so I picked up one of each. I got back to the room that afternoon and after looking over my purchases I really liked the cover so I went back downstairs and got the matching pocket notebook cover. They call it their Linen Brown Fabric Notebook Covers.

The material is a thin fabric with good weave texture for grip and just enough stiffness. The notebook stays open and doesn’t require an extra hand like some of the thick leather covers I have used. Thin and protective without being bulky.

Pocket Notebook Cover

The pocket notebook version has a 1” x 1” Franklin-Christoph patch on the front cover and a smaller version of the same patch at the bottom of the back cover. The front patch is a good reference point for my eyes, picking up the notebook I will always know what the front is. Sounds simple but it helps me when I’m trying to jot down a quick note. The cover has notched corners and stitching in contrasting beige. A really great looking cover to me. They run $20.

Inside pockets are notched and with a slight over sizing of the pocket. A standard 5 ½” notebook change is quick and easy. It’s the little things that make this cover a joy.

A5 Size

Similar in look and construction with a little different pocket design on the inside. I think the material is a little bit thicker on the A5 size but nothing that makes it bulky. FC logo patch is a black vinyl or leather variation at the bottom of the back cover. My perfect cover would do the same as on the pocket version with some type of logo patch on the front as an easy visual but that’s a real nit-pick, I’m spoiled by the pocket version. At $34.50 a quality product at a good price.


After several months both covers have held up well and I normally change my covers up just for a spice in my everyday routine the Franklin-Christophs have worked so well they have become a staple. Thin, light and durable showing no signs of wear or dirt. Love them!

Additionally the A5 journal that Franklin-Christoph calls the Firma Flex Journal has been a wonderful insert and by itself has a beautiful cover that I was tempted not to cover up. That may be a later review.

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Herbin Amethyste de l’Oural Ink Review

I have never really thought about how long ink has been around. I figured a long time but 340+ years was a bit of a shock when I read the promotional literature on a brand new collection from Herbin. With the introduction of this new ink comes a few changes for the company. Formally known as J. Herbin they are going back to their roots as just the Herbin company. In 1670 founder, Jacques Herbin, was a sailor traveling through India supplying sellers in Paris the ingredients for the manufacture of waxes and inks. The company continued to prosper and in 1798 they embraced the introduction of the steel nib dip pens that was replacing quill pens for writing.

To commemorate this pivotal year for us pen nuts Herbin has introduced their first ink in the Herbin 1798 Collection. Exaclair, the exclusive distributor for Herbin in the US, gave me an opportunity for a first look at it. A beautiful purple with silver sheen called Amethyste de l’Oural or Amethyst of the Ural Mountains. The 1798 Collection is an additional collection for the company and the 1670 Collection will still be available.

  • $26 / 50 ml or $.52 / ml
  • Color Family: Purple
  • Bottle opening Diameter: 13/16” plenty large enough for any nib
  • Pen I Used: Wet writing medium nib in a Pelikan M1000

It’s beautiful, it’s from Paris, and it has its own wax seal. Definitely one from the looker department. With a wide square stance this one is a safe fill even for shaky hands. I like that. I like the cap too, it has somewhat of a grippy texture to it.

Sheen & Shading
The silver sheen is prominent, it takes a little more light angling than some of the gold sheening inks but when it comes out its striking. I think the silver is a better fit for a purple base than a gold would be, but that’s a personal preference only. The shading is faint with my wet writer. Lighter shade at the top of my stroke to just a little bit darker at the bottom. Maybe it would be more pronounced with a drier nib. Sheen is the strength here and the silver specks is what gives this ink the character. Here is an ink spider that shows the character.


I enjoyed the ink and if you’re a Herbin fan or purple ink enthusiast this is a good add to your collection. Thanks to Karen and Sunny over at Exaclair for sending it over. Look for Amethyste De l’orul at your favorite retailer soon.

Writing Samples

HP Premium Choice Laser 32 lb 98 Brightness

Nock Co Dot Dash Card

Big Box Store Copy Paper

Crown Mill Pure Cotton 100 gsm

Tomoe River


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