No. 30 Composition Journal – American Buffalo


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No. 30 Composition Journal Notebook in American Buffalo

The composition journal has been around since the mid-1800s or thereabouts. Even with a proliferation of electronic devices, its popularity and relevance endures.

This is not your grade school composition book. My take on it promotes it from grade school to the boardroom.

Great for executives, writers, journalers, note takers and list makers, the No. 30 Composition Journal Notebook (10.5” H x 8” W) is available in American Buffalo Leather. Inside cover has pockets for business cards and pens. Colonel pencil and brass paper clip included. Two attached leather bookmarks. Reinforced leather spine. Edge stitched.

Colonel’s Journal Register (9.75” H x 7.38” W), which may be reordered, contains 160 ruled and center-stitched pages (80 sheets). Opens flat so you can write on both sides of the paper. Date the registers on the inside cover, file them away and you have a chronicle of your daily activity and a treasure for future generations – your life story as told by you. (Standard composition notebooks also work well with our journal cover.)

I’m not guaranteeing that writing in this handsome notebook will inspire you to greatness or improve the quality of your cognitive reasoning, but I can guarantee you’ll look good using it. May be personalized with 3 block initials engraved on solid brass plate. Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville, TN USA.

Composition Journal Notebook American Buffalo Overall Dimensions 10.5” H x 8” W (Closed)

Journal Register Paper Insert 9.75” H x 7.38” W x 0.5″ D (Closed)

Left and Right Journal Insert Pockets (hold writing journal secure) 10″ H x 3.25″ W

Business Card Pocket 3.5” H x 2.25” W (Inside dimensions)

Pen Pocket 4.25” H x 2.25” W (Inside dimensions)

Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag and gift box.

American Buffalo – “Expect a leather that is unapologetically rugged with more character, nicks, scrapes and variations in color.” ~ Colonel (Read more about American Buffalo Leather here)


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  1. A very elegant way to keep my work notes. Great quality and I have the nicest notebook in the office.


  2. Just got my 30 composition in buffalo and it is incredible! It is so soft and feels great in your hands, I also love the paper as it is up to the standard of the portfolio! Your shipping and service is so quick and I always feel when I open the package someone personally wanted me to know how much they appreciate the business.

    James (verified owner)

  3. My very thoughtful mother surprised me with this journal in Buffalo. I absolutely love it!! I am the new secretary of my local Daughters of the American Revolution and love using it for my notes at every meeting. It is beautiful on my antique desk when not in use. I also have the hunt bag in Buffalo!


  4. Love it! Use it every day. Great quality and beautiful! The more I use it the better it looks.

    jimmykemp74 (verified owner)


    TERRY T.

    tjtempleton (verified owner)

  6. After receiving the #26 gift set, I decided to purchase this journal in American Buffalo. It is beautiful. The quality is excellent. I am at an age that I am replacing items with excellent quality that will last a lifetime and then maybe end up with the kids. This won’t be my last purchase.


  7. I just purchased the No 30 journal to go with my Buffalo portfolio….they are a perfect matching pair. couldn’t be happier with the quality…and can’t wait to try the coffee that showed up too!

    jimsisco (verified owner)

  8. It just arrived! Love it! Another great item from the Colonel. Five star quality once again. Thanks for doing what you do and choosing not to compromise on the quality.

    twatrous (verified owner)

  9. Two things about my first Colonel Littleton purchase: customer service and quality. This is the last journal cover I’ll ever need. This is a top notch product. Very happy with my purchase. To top it all off, though, is the care and feel of the company. From the email from a human being confirming my order to the mini moon pie- this is the kind of service and feel that is very, very rare but makes all the difference. I will be purchasing much more in the future and soon.

    Thank you, Colonel!

    mte189 (verified owner)

  10. My husband and I drove down to the store in Lynnville today based on a friend’s suggestion. We were looking for the perfect gift for my 80 year old father in law. We found this beautiful journal which is perfect for his 80th birthday celebration in Ireland next month. Everyone at the store was wonderful and helped us find the perfect gift. Such a beautiful journal!


  11. Absolutely love the #30 in buffalo. Great feel and beautiful character look. Looking forward to many many years of use.

    kingstonsciguy (verified owner)

  12. I received my No 30 journal today….I have leather products from Tusting, UK, Saddlebags And Levenger. This surpassed by expectation. The buffalo leather is very unique, the quality of leather and stitching superb,the attached bookmarks a great touch no one else has…..The packaging is beyond anything I have ever ordered elsewhere…..Hmmm leafing through the catalog to see what I order next!

    pgbracey (verified owner)

  13. I’ve bought 3 of these to date and the ones I gave as Christmas were more than appreciated . I wish everything the Colonel made was in Buffalo .

    dakota1234 (verified owner)

  14. I own one of these and get lots of compliments on it every time some one sees it. It is my journal. I gave one to a good friend so she can journal in it as well and she treasures it. Very classy and well made. Love the fact I can get refills too!

    judo.jim (verified owner)

  15. Got this for Christmas… absolutely love it! Use it every day! It perfectly holds my Moleskine Weekly Planner. One of my favorite Colonel products!


  16. My wife purchased this notebook for me for Christmas, and it’s my second Col. Littleton American Buffalo item. This notebook is elegant, yet rugged in it’s own way. The smell is wonderful, and every detail is emmaculate. I couldn’t be happier with it, and I feel that when I purchase a Col. Littleton product, that I am truly buying the product of someone’s passion and craftsmanship.


  17. Once again I have received an amazing product from Col Littleton. As always, this product is top quality from start to finish. This is the 5th Col Littleton piece I have purchased and it won’t be my last.

    [email protected] (verified owner)

  18. I just received this journal for Christmas and it looks, feels, and smells amazing! So glad I asked for the American Buffalo. I can’t wait to start using this for work. I’ve used composition books for years and now I finally have a professional cover to slip them into.


  19. I bought two! classic and perfect for our use, a taste of skillful and rugged design with the perfect touch of elegance. When the perfect leather product comes into view you, one gets two.

    Hope4joplin (verified owner)

  20. I love my #30 , so much so i just bought and received 2 more for my son and son and law for Christmas with personalized initials .I was a little worried about going through a notebook pretty fast but I’ve had mine about 3 months and I bet it will take a year to fill it up .
    Thanks Colonel for another great product that I will enjoy forever .

    dakota1234 (verified owner)

  21. I use this journal daily. Well crafted. A joy to own.

    Christopher (verified owner)

  22. Top quality as always from Col. Littleton. A cover for a composition notebook adds class over just carrying a bare notebook and this definitely adds class. This is so much nicer then the over processed leather stitched over cardboard cover it replaces. The only complaint is the business card slot only holds 3 cards.

    Roger (verified owner)

  23. The #30 Composition Journal demands from me more than a product review; it demands and deserves an experience review. Like all the other Col. “heirlooms” I own, receipt of the #30 is an experience of perfection and care to be cherished. The experience of perfection and care begins with the meticulous placement of the packaging tape on the outside of the shipping box. A box of such quality, it itself deserves to serve other useful purposes. From there, you will find many extra “gifts” including the hand signed American “INSPECTOR” insert (thank you Joy!) and Col.’s disclosure of his intellectual theory on using the term buffalo over bison. Every single pamphlet accompanying the #30 gives off an aroma of the #30’s more than genuine leather (an aroma that is rare these days) and provides hints as to what is to come. Finally, you get to the #30 itself. Like Col. writes about the hides of American Buffalo in that “it reflects their genetic heritage and habits,” I suspect the #30 reflects not only the Col. Littleton company’s genetic heritage and habits, but also those of America’s past when pride in craftsmanship and attention to detail prevailed. Each note written in the #30 will begin with this experience, and for this, I cannot wait!

    sbhawkins (verified owner)

  24. I can not believe how happy I am with this notebook. I have used spiral notebooks almost everyday of my life ( well at least the last 45 years ) and this is the real deal. I bought this for myself for Father’s Day after no one picked up on the hints. Even my grand boys grab it as soon as they get in my car just to take a sniff. Its looking as though it’s going to be a colonel Littleton Christmas in my family this year .

    dakota1234 (verified owner)

  25. I just purchased it journal in Buffalo and truly love it. I have purchased several buffalo leather journals from other vendors over the years and have been very disappointed by the quality of the leather. However, the Colonels quality is terrific. This is by far my favorite. Thank you for the great quality and workmanship in your pieces. Satisfied by you again. Charles.

    Charles (verified owner)

  26. I just received my Buffalo hide journal (30). It is very, very nice. Well made and a handsome item that will last for years. 3 senses are delighted by this product, it looks, feels, and smells wonderful. Thanks to the Col. and his team!

    pbrennan53 (verified owner)

  27. I saw one of these portfolios while on vacation, handled it and knew I had to have one. So, I bought myself a birthday present! The portfolio arrived, complete with moon pie! This is a beautiful piece of work. It’s good for all the senses, including smell. Thanks to the Col. Littleton team for making my birthday present!

    pbrennan53 (verified owner)

  28. I recently bought the No. 30 Composition Journal in American Buffalo and love it. It is a beautiful journal that I am excited to begin using. I have bought several wallets and a knife from Colonel Littleton and have loved EVERY product! The journal is my latest addition and I already have my eye on a briefcase. Keep up the great work!

    adamrobbins1974 (verified owner)

  29. Just purchased my #30 Buffalo Composition. It is a serial numbered piece. I love it. My i-pad mini fits inside the cover flap. Can’t wait to get to use it. Thanks Colonel.


  30. Gave as retirement gift. Another great work by Col L. Very professional and efficient journal.

    LJH1775 (verified owner)

  31. The No.30 Composition Journal, like every other product I have purchased/received through the years from Colonel Littleton, is a work of art that can be appreciated for generations.

    Ronald (verified owner)

  32. I absolutely love this journal! It is the perfect size and the pockets for business cards and pencils are awesome. this is my first American Buffalo leather product and I can see why everyone loves it.

    My fourth purchase from the Colonel and definitely one of the best!

    christopher.sellers (verified owner)

  33. My No 30 notebook Is another outstanding product by the Colonel. I purchased the American Buffalo leather and it was a great decision! Excellent workmanship, the leather is absolutely beautiful.

    robalaniz (verified owner)

  34. There are hundreds of this kind of covers out there, but I just could not find one that was both useful and good looking. Until now. No. 30 is ingenious. It’s simple yet extremely functional. I love the place for storing the pen/pencil, and the addition of not one but two bookmarks is brilliant.

    I don’t have to talk abut the quality of the materials and built, because everyone knows that col. is the best.

    No other notebook cover comes even close.

    arctic105 (verified owner)

  35. I just received this journal and can hardly wait to start using it. It is very well made — as are all of the Colonel’s products. Classy. I know I will get many, many compliments on this journal!

    judo.jim (verified owner)

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