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I, too, like the idea that someone can take a couple pieces of leather and with some trimming and stitching make a moleskine notebook cover, but this kinda more looks like it was inspired by the days of 5th grade art class and the spirit of charging $40 for something no one actually needs. The flap isn't finished, the buttonholes are just slits with holes punched at the end, there's no place for a pen or pencil -- I mean, if you're going to make something like this so people can feel like explorers in the bush, realize that you're trying to emulate a period where workmanship was prized. Make it look like someone spent longer than 10 minutes fashioning it, FFS. Have a little pride.
Don't want to defend too much here, because I agree this just looks....average....
but just wanted to point out that the slit button hole is a fairly common thing, they even sell punches for doing it all in one shot
That said, it works better on thicker leathers. On thinner stuff it wears out quick
well, yeah, but a lot of leatherwork that people do at home is simple and fairly rustic.
Most leather finished goods I see with buttonholes have some degree of stitching around them. I mean, if I'm making it myself for myself, rustic is probably ok, esp. if the leather's stout. But if I'm paying forty clams for what is a fairly small rectangle of fairly thin leather, I'd hope to see some actual craft to the piece. Stitching isn't all that expensive and they're already stitching the piece.
I have owned one moleskine notebook, briefly, once in my life. I never looked at it and went 'this thing needs a leather cover.'
I might not be the target market for this thing. Who knows.
I don't disagree, like I said, I wasn't trying to defend it toooo much lol