No. 30 Leather Composition Journal


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No. 30 Leather Composition Journal Notebook

The leather 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 Vintage Brown, Saddle Tan with Vintage Brown trim or Black with Vintage Brown trim. 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.

Leather Composition Journal 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.

Made in Col. Littleton leather workshop in Lynnville, TN USA from full-grain hand-tanned American hides.

This item is also available in American Buffalo

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  1. Great Product light weight is wearing nicely looking even better with age.


  2. I ordered the Number 30 Composition Journal-American Buffalo with 3 Block Initials on the Oval Plate.

    Exactly as promised and represented. This is the first purchase from the Colonel. This will not be my last.

    I keep a daily journal and enjoyed today’s entries. The quality is exactly as described and worth every dollar.

    The description was perfect and exactly what I received. Every part of the ordering process was easy to handle and all went as promised.

    Thank you so much. MEM.


  3. the workmanship and style are unmatched. I have been looking for a durable journal in which I can use daily to write notes in for my ranch.


  4. I live in Franklin TN and recently visited Lynnville just to browse through the Colonel Littleton stores. The town alone is like stepping back in time. Once entering the store this feeling comes upon you, like you just don’t know what to look at next? Needless to say…..I bought several items, one being the black and brown notebook shown above. I am a Real Estate Agent and it’s perfect for my daily adventures. Love, love, love the products I purchased. The Lady who helped me was wonderful and I can’t wait for a return visit……
    S. Jackson


  5. Earlier this year I ordered and received the No. 18 Leather Portfolio and was very pleased with the quality and feel that I came back to Col. Littleton and ordered the No. 30 Composition Journal. I had my company logo imprinted on the Journal just as I did on the Portfolio and it looks amazing. I can honestly say that the quality and craftsmanship that goes into Col. Littleton’s leather products are by far the best I have come across. If you are seeking a good quality leather Portfolio or Journal, I highly recommend either of these products.

    doug (verified owner)

  6. I purchased the No 30 Composition Journal (American Buffalo) earlier this month and have been completely satisfied. The leather is extremely pliable and smooth to the touch. Careful examination of the edge stitching and the Colonels trademark debossing are elegant reminders of the quality product purchased. Looking forward to visiting the Colonels General Office and Works in Lynnville in the near future.


  7. This is the second item I’ve purchased from the Colonel. The first was the No. 9B Tote. Both for my wife. These are second to none quality and second to none beautiful. My wife loves them both. Almost as much as she does me. The next item I purchase will be a present to me.

    scottiebee57 (verified owner)

  8. This is the 4th Colonel Littleton item I have purchased and it is both beautiful and functional, as always!


  9. The quality of every item I have purchased from Col Littleton is outstanding. This journal is perfect for keeping up with my daily calls, notes and tasks. I liked this journal so much I purchased one for my associate so he could quit carrying that cheap one he always had with him. This journal will fit any standard composition notebook and many other refills available at local office supply stores.


  10. Makes me look much more important than I actually am.


  11. I have just received my composition notebook and love every detail about it. In particular with this specific item I like that it is made for your composition notebook and that you can switch out the notebook if you have very different meetings and still carry around your fine leather cover. This is my second unique piece and I know I will be purchasing more items in the future because of the quality and attention to detail of the product. The products also meet my style which I LOVE!

    monihgarcia (verified owner)

  12. I just received this composition book and it is awesome. The whole experience was fantastic. Thank you for making products this good.


  13. Love this journal! Got it last week and can’t leave home without it. Thanks Col and Spring Hill!


  14. Simply splendid. Nothing less than top quality: superior leather, perfect stitching, beautiful. You pay more for these leather goods…and they are worth every penny and then some. “Strive to be stellar” is their motto. They live up to it in every product they make. CL will give you a leather addiction.

    paulmaxpayton (verified owner)

  15. I had heard that this product was forthcoming, and on a business trip for a new job was able to stop by the stores in Lynnville and see it (and everything else, too!) for myself. Bought one just about instantl to commemorate the new gig, and am really happy with it.

    I’m in a sales role where I’m in and out of places quite a bit, and for those calls where I don’t need to have a lot of extra stuff with me, the Journal is just the thing! Ample space to make notes and record appointments, plus places for business cards and a pen, AND the rear flap is a nice place to store a couple of brochures, just in case. And, of course, it finds a home very neatly in one of the pockets of my Saddlebag Briefcase!

    Lots of compliments and the inevitable “where did you find that?” remarks have followed.

    Thanks to the entire team for yet another wonderful buying experience!

    [email protected]

  16. I’ve admired the Colonels products for some time. For my birthday my wife bought me this journal. I’ve used journals for business for over 20 years. I love this product. It is elegant as well as functional.


  17. I recently received this as a gift from a friend and I am so impressed with the craftsmanship. I love leather products and have many journals but this tops them all. Don’t hesitate to order this journal, its well worth the money!


  18. Love my journal! It was hard to make the purchase in store and then NOT walk out with it, but it was worth the wait. I received it in the mail within 3 days and the personalization is beautiful!


  19. Just received this week and as always it does not disappoint. The Colonel is brilliant in his designs. He sees a need and he comes to the rescue.

    [email protected]

  20. I received the new composition journal for Fathers Day. I love the look and feel!!! I’ve already had several comments on how nice it is.

    mfarley (verified owner)

  21. Never a day passes that I don’t glance at Colonel Littleton’s website. When I first saw the #30 Leather Composition Journal, I knew I would own one soon. Well, it arrived today and it does not disappoint. It’s amazing, by any measure. The size, the look, the feel are all that I expected. I’m big fan of the pencil pocket. The paper fits nicely in the cover and is of great quality. Kudos Colonel. You’ve done it again.

    david.drewry902 (verified owner)

  22. Just received the Composition Notebook as a Father’s Day gift. This is not my first Col. Littleton product but my be my favorite. Love it!


  23. I’ve been looking for a quality leather composition notebook cover for a long time, this is it! The leather is nice and heavy, finish and stitching are perfect, and I love the pencil and business card pockets. Highly recommend this cover.

    jason3 (verified owner)

  24. The composition book is great! Thanks for developing this product!

    kbodie (verified owner)

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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 steer hide 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.

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.