No. 30 Journal Notebook Cover – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo

Refillable, full-grain American Buffalo composition journal notebook cover. Handmade in the USA.

  • Full-grain American Buffalo with American Steerhide Trim
  • Lined in Calfskin
  • Dimensions: 8” (W) x 10 ½” (H) closed
  • Includes 7 ⅜” x 9 ¼” Composition Journal Register insert
  • Interior business card pocket, pen/pencil pocket, and leather bookmarks
  • May be personalized



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No. 30 Personalized, Refillable Leather Journal

This vintage-inspired leather journal cover is great for executives, writers, journalers, note takers and list makers. Handmade in the USA with our full-grain, double tanned American Buffalo.

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

“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.”

-Colonel Littleton

Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville, TN, USA from full-grain Tobacco Brown American Buffalo which is wonderfully textured and dry milled for a soft hand. Colonel trimmed this upgraded, premium version of the journal in our full-grain Vintage Brown American Steerhide and lined it in Calfskin to enhance the quality and aesthetics of the journal. Our leather is both vegetable-tanned and hand-tanned. Over time, this special leather develops its own natural character and patina – the more you use this journal, the better it looks.

Colonel’s Journal Register, 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. Standard composition notebooks also work well with our journal cover. 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.

Construction and Extras

Reinforced polished leather spine and edge stitching for durability. Extra storage with interior pockets for business cards and pens. We’ve included the Colonel Littleton Expedition Pencil, brass paper clip and Journal Register. The notebook cover includes two attached leather bookmarks. Personalize your journal with 3 block initials engraved on solid brass plate.

  • Leather Composition Journal overall dimensions 8” x 10 ½” (closed)
  • Journal Register Paper Insert 7 ⅜” x 9 ¾” x ½″ (closed)
  • Left and right journal insert pockets (hold writing journal secure) 3 ¼” x 10”
  • Business card pocket 2 ¼” x 3 ½” (inside dimensions)
  • Pen pocket 2 ¼” x 4 ¼” (inside dimensions)
  • Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag and gift box


Refill Options:

No. 30 Composition Journal Refills

When it comes to American Buffalo, Colonel says,
“Expect a leather that is unapologetically rugged with more character, nicks, scrapes and variations in color.”

Also available in American Steerhide. Video above shows this version.

Learn more about American Buffalo Leather.

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15 reviews for No. 30 Journal Notebook Cover – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo

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  1. I just received my first Colonel Littleton product, the No. 30 Journal Notebook Cover in Tobacco Brown American Buffalo. I purchased this to celebrate a new job and upcoming move abroad and could not be happier. The journal cover is beautiful and very well-made. After many years living out west, I have come to love and appreciate the American Buffalo and am so happy to be able to take a little piece of America with me overseas. In addition to the quality of the journal cover, I am blown away by the level of customer service I received and because of this (and the Moonie), Colonel Littleton now has a lifelong customer.

  2. So I use this journal cover every day, including today. It’s incredibly durable, looks great and I just like using it. A different reviewer complained about the card holders, but I love them. I keep my business card in one in case I accidentally leave it behind after a meeting (can’t imagine (!) but just in case) and a tiny pen in the other pocket. I carry it to work in my bentley tote, which it matches and fits perfectly in. I love using Col Littleton leather and American Buffalo products.

  3. Wonderful journal cover! Quality, construction and materials are top notch, it looks phenomenal and ages beautifully with extended use in a briefcase.

    Writing on the left side of the journal can be trickier in the early stages of a new composition notebook. Journal #30B should have no cardholders on the left side and just be a beautiful cover!

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We are committed to producing quality, handcrafted products that showcase our time-honored standards of excellence and deep respect for the Americana tradition. Col. Littleton products go through rigorous testing and numerous quality inspections before being shipped to our customers. Should you receive a Col. Littleton product that is defective in materials or workmanship, you can count on us to make it right. Our guarantee is limited to the cost of the product itself. It also does not cover normal wear and tear. We feel if you just plain “wore it out,” you got your money’s worth. Also, we cannot be responsible for an item which has suffered through alteration, damage due to improper cleaning, improper use, mishandling or accident. If we made a mistake in personalizing your product or if the product is defective in materials or workmanship, of course we’ll replace it. Otherwise, personalized products are not returnable.

Our Leather

Leather is a passion for me. There are more kinds of leather and leather processing out there than you can shake a stick at. You can mold leather into just about any shape or form. You can make every hide look just alike. You can dye it green, blue or even pink. You can apply a finish, coat it, spray it or make it look slick and shiny. That’s not what we’re about at Col. Littleton. To me the beauty is in the naturalness of the leather. People always comment to me about the special “feel” of our leather and how it becomes even more beautiful after it has some wear on it. It’s all about our leather process. When you buy Col. Littleton leather goods, you’re buying, for the most part, full-grain American vegetable-tanned steerhide that has received a minimum of alteration. We don’t apply a finish to hide character markings. The way I see it, every marking tells a story and covering them robs the piece of its life and character.

Three kinds of full-grain leather hides overlapping. In order left to right: Vintage Brown American Steerhide, Brown American Alligator, and Tobacco Brown American Buffalo
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Our Craftsmanship

I see a real resurgence in the country today for products made in America. Our focus is to design and create products that speak to the time-honored traditions that have made this country great such as handmade craftsmanship, authentic rich leathers and quality workmanship. There’s a nostalgic feel about the products we make . . . most of them could have been made 100 years ago and many are made using turn-of-the-20th-century methodology and machinery. Our products are true Americana; forged as our forefathers intended by people who care and take pride in making a beautiful product.

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