B5 Notebook Covers
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While I do love notebooks of all sizes, for my work and research I prefer B5. It's a happy middle; A5 won't fit most equations in one line and A4 is a bit too unwieldy as my notebook has to share desktop space with a keyboard (mechanical of course), a mouse, other notebooks, coffee mug...
Currently I use the Apica CDS120S,
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the Stalogy S4102,
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and I am eagerly awaiting delivery of the Book of Ra.
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As you can see all of them are softcover, and here's my problem: while there is a glut of slip-on covers in A5, there seems to be practically nothing in B5. Sure there is the LihitLab Smart Fit and the Kokuyo Systemic, but they are more like cases and way too bulky. Really, the only viable option I could find anywhere, after a considerable period of googling, is the Shachihata Opini, shipped from Japan.
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Can this be it? B5 notebooks are not exactly rare, and pretty much all good options are softcover. You'd think acquiring a cover for one is just a matter of selecting one you like. Am I missing something? Is there a secret keyword that unlocks a vault of hidden gems? Can anyone suggest an option? I did come across plenty of standard composition covers, but the dimensions are off.
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Theroc
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crosshatch
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Feb 3, 2018
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It's still possible to find the older Kokuyo Systemic covers, which are pretty slim in profile.
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Taobao has m options, but a lot of their B5 stuff is faux leather and styled for the corporate office.ot of other stuff inside besides the notebook. Not that much more bulky mthan a heavy leather cover.
Taobao has many options, but a lot of their B5 stuff is faux leather and styled for the corporate office.

You can also always make your own covers. Lots of tutorials on that on youtube. I've been thinking of making some hard bookcloth notebook covers.
Feb 3, 2018
librarygroover
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Sep 27, 2017
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Baron Fig makes a B5 hardcover, the Confidant Plus is 7"x10" https://www.baronfig.com/pages/confidant I'd love to find a leather cover for it.
Sep 27, 2017
librarygroover
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Sep 27, 2017
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Baron Fig makes a B5 hardcover, the Confidant Plus. It is 7" x 10" (178mm x 254mm). It's very nice but I'd like to find a nice leather cover for it. https://www.baronfig.com/pages/confidant
Sep 27, 2017
NWOutlier
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Jun 2, 2017
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You can order a custom leather cover from Renaissance Art in New Mexico. You pick the leather from a selection, give them the dimensions of the notebook, and they'll do the rest. I've purchased a number of them over the last couple of years. Large basic book cover (up to 7X10) base price is 59.00. These will last a lifetime and have an unconditional warranty. Pictured is one of mine.
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Jun 2, 2017
zboz
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Dec 10, 2016
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Most recently, my favorite notebook is the Midori MD modified A4, which is slightly smaller than a full size A4. It also offers several cover options, including plastic, sturdy paper, and even goat leather.
Dec 10, 2016
Theroc
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Dec 10, 2016
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I really like Midori MD covers I use both the A5 plastic and cardboard covers, and I pretty much 'ogled' the leather cover but at over $70...
Dec 10, 2016
Knomad
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Oct 10, 2016
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I jumped. I've looked online for leather covers and they start at $70 on up. I even saw one for $174! @Theroc, I also looked at the tools and leather to make my own and it was in this Allegory range.
Oct 10, 2016
Theroc
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Oct 10, 2016
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Yeah I think I will too, even though the one I had custom-made for my notebook cost almost half this.
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Oct 10, 2016
Theroc
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Oct 10, 2016
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@j-e-g@KnomadThey've just dropped the Allegory B5 cover. Yaayy.....ohh... Sticker shock!
Oct 10, 2016
sallen
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Oct 8, 2016
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For general note taking and journaling, I prefer a Rhodia Webbie which have replaced my old general-purpose, government-issue steno pads. I am used to the old 6x8 steno pads, and find the Webbies are very similarly sized, but with vastly superior paper that I do not need to dump several dollars worth of Washi tape, glue, and PostIt Notes to make work.
For notes that I am going to rip the pages out and stick in one of my binders, I prefer A5 sized paper. I just do not use a B5-sized notepad very much. I do use quite a few 3x5 notepads. In the Rangers, we used Rite in the Rain pads almost exclusively. Now that I am retired, I have fallen in love with the refillable Lihit Lab pads. Thankfully, the Lihit Lab pads fit into my old Rite in the Rain nylon covers.
I still use several Rite in the Rain zipper-closure nylon covers for notepads and small journals. Might give them a look for covers as well. I use quite a few of the Rite in the Rain 7x5 and 6x9 nylon covers for my notebooks and steno pads.
Oct 8, 2016
j-e-g
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Oct 7, 2016
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@Theroc I recognize @Liz ... However I don't know @Knomad. I wonder if If he/she would be interested in @AllegoryGoods I have considered getting my hands on some leather and tools ... I learned how to work with leather in my University days.... Wondering if I might take a shot at making one. I had a friend sew a fabric cover that is easy to refill standard 8 1/2 x 11 bagasse perforated notebooks I bumped into onlne :) . It is pretty darn good paper for everyday use, notes and scribbles. But, it sounds like some folks would really be interested in the @AllegoryGoods B5 leather journal covers. I'll have to look for your friend Knomad in future posts :)
Oct 7, 2016
j-e-g
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Oct 7, 2016
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Good Morning @Theroc - I was eager to watch the news about the hurricane this morning. It was headed toward my hometown where I have many friends and family. Will be anxiously waiting to hear how they weathered the storm. Your post was a good distraction... Started my morning with a :) Love the cover you had made. It is almost identical to the one my friend made... (mine is red bandana print with black trim) I decided against pockets on the cover because I thought it would make a bump that would affect writing on the left page. Have you found that to be a problem or no ? The pen pockets on your cover look nice and flat. I also have a canvas one for a standard graph composition book. I use it for drawing out wood projects. It's taken a beating in the garage. Actually it is nice that it is cloth because I can toss it in the wash. I'll have to show you a couple pen wraps that were sewn for me :) I would think most folks like @Liz @Knomad and yourself probably wouldn't use a nice @AllegoryGoods B5 leather cover in the garage to get full of sawdust and dirt.
Oct 7, 2016
Theroc
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Oct 7, 2016
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Oh, wow. That grazing path is monstrous. I hope this beast veers off into the Atlantic where it came from. Wish your family and friends best of luck. I had already used the first dozen pages or so, when I got the cover. So the pockets weren't an issue. I went with cloth purely for variety, I even had one made out of paper. Leather is still the most gratifying, though.
Oct 7, 2016
Knomad
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Oct 3, 2016
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Yes, I'll join in! Hello, @Liz @AllegoryGoods We would love to see a B5 notebook cover from you great folks.
Oct 3, 2016
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