No way I'll ever wear it out. The simple leather tie closure works very well, and can be done one -handed with practice. The only possible issue is the leather looks so nice, I feel self-conscious taking it out when people are around. I guess it needs to get a little beat-up. That might help.
Of course, it should fit a good number of small to medium size books also. In book-lingo, a small octavo, roughly speaking. Measuring is probably a good idea if you have a particular book in mind.
Leather Bible Cover
- A cover that truly honors what it holds
- Buy this cover AND THEN go buy a Bible to fit
- Toggle closure keeps cover closed when not in use
- Becomes especially beautiful with age
- May cause your neighbor to covet, envy, steal or be jealous
- Can hold any sized cigar or pen beneath closure
- Doubles as an iPad Mini case
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Opened: 12 ½” W x 9 ½” H
- 0.4 pounds
We use natural Markings Equal Inclusion of Exceptional Imperfection Ornamentation
"... Saddleback Leather no longer discriminates against any cow on the basis of age, appearance, lactose intolerance... if the beast has a natural marking or brand, or whether or not they worship the Divine Bovine."
Truth is, sometimes beauty is only skin deep... like with cows. Their poetry is notoriously terrible, but man, their hides are nature's art. We don't believe that flawlessness equals beauty. Beauty is when we're able to see something as it really is.
This is true with humans too. There are lots of quality people who are really beautiful not in spite of, but because of the marks life has given them.
I was living in Juarez, Mexico when I had my first Bible cover made. I had found a saddle maker, Samuel, to make a few of my bags and also make some Bible covers. In order to get to his little workshop, I had to pass all the way through his parents’ long and narrow home.
I’d come in through the front door and pass through the living room where his very large and shirtless non self-conscious dad always seemed to be, laying on a bed. Then I’d pass through the kitchen and then a bedroom, often with people sleeping, and then out a side door just before the last bedroom. The narrow walkway with all the family chickens lead me on back to leather heaven. It wasn’t pretty, but it sure smelled like a million bucks.
So I laid my little Bible down, told him what I imagined and let him go to work. After a half dozen tries, I was more than pleased. The more I used it, the more it aged. The more it aged the more people commented on it. The more they commented, the more full of pride I became. How ironic was that? The cover of a book that taught about how much God hated pride was filling me with little bits of it. Was I causing others to sin too? Heck, would this cause people to covet or envy or become jealous? Would it cause someone to eventually do something even worse like steal? Murder?” Things can escalate quickly when it comes to nice leather.
But then I thought this. Whoa, was this Bible cover actually going to strengthen the Universal Church as a whole? Possibly. Owners will become stronger as they learn to fight their pride and non-owners will have to exercise their spiritual muscles to overcome. OR, they can be selfless and buy one for someone.
I’m not finished yet. You know what, it always bothers me to look down at a Bible and see it covered with bonded leather. Am I the only one seeing the glaring contradiction here? You have the greatest treasure known to man - the actual words of God - covered with the crappiest leather known to man. Odd to you?
The quality of leather and construction is out of this world. Fits an NIV Thinline perfectly. At first it seemed too tight a fit but once it settled in, it's absolutely perfect. This cover looks and feels like it should last forever. I'm sure it will look and feel even better with usage; very impressed. I ordered the dark coffee brown.
I bought the cover in dark coffee brown and have been using it for a few months now. I carry my bible in my bag with me just about everywhere and have no concerns about it getting beat up--in fact I wish it would get some "personality" even faster!
I found that for it to fit my bible I had to trim about a quarter inch off the front edges of the bible's cover, but no big deal. You can tell if you need to do this because it won't quite close with the bible in the cover, but it looks like it should fit.
I'd love to see this in more sizes to fit more bibles. I have a very thick study bible that I'd love to have in a cover as well.
LOVE my new Tobacco Bible Cover! After a couple of days of gradually stretching the leather, I was able to fit my cloth hardcover copy of the ESV Reader's Bible into it. Now this Bible is beautifully protected when it's packed in my bag, and fastening the leather clasp keeps it closed and the pages from getting smashed. Both the feel and the smell of the leather are fantastic. Would love it if there was a larger size available too!
I am super happy to inform that my bible cover fits amazing on my bible.i took it to Walmart to find a bible that fit just perfect.Ill be honest I wasn't sure if there was one but actually there where several.I had to cut a quarter inch on each side of the hard cover but it looks real good.The only thing I am worried is that my brothers will covet for it.Super great product.The word of God doesn't deserve any less.
Can't say enough good about this cover. Easy to "set up" and very durable. I have had this two years and absolutely love it.
I gave this to my mom as a "mother's day gift", and she literally started to cry when she saw it!..Happy tears though. This bible cover is made beautifully, sturdy, but still buttery soft to the touch, and I love the color as well. The leather smells great also! My mom said she was distracted at church because she kept smelling the leather the whole time!
My Bible leather cover is now currently being used to house one of my favorite hardbound books, The Emperor's Handbook. Judging by the perfect fit; one would guess these two were made for each other. As absurd as it sounds now, one of my benchmarks for buying books is if it'll fit in the SB cover. It also fits my Moleskine notebook perfectly; an added plus.
After ordering this Bible Cover as a gift for my mom for Christmas, Texas had some severe weather which delayed shipping. I started to get impatient waiting to see the new Tobacco color for myself. Tonight it finally came and wow does it look gorgeous. I can't wait to someday order a Side pocket Duffel in tobacco for myself. My mom is going to just love her new bible cover. I think it will fit her personality just right. Big thanks to Dave and his team.
This doesn't come close to fitting my King James/Peoples Parallel Translation Bible. I just wrap around the Bible and close. This is the world's best leather and even though it doesn't fit any Bible I own, I am keeping it. It still holds my notepad and other things that I use with the Bible. This was my first purchase 3 weeks ago. Since then, I have ordered journal, cell phone case, big wallet, slim wallet and another bag. I'm ADDICTED!
I received this cover a few weeks ago and I am very satisfied with the workmanship and quality. I carry my Bible almost everywhere I go and this is perfect to keep my Thinline Bible cradled and protected. I purchased the dark coffee brown and I have just gravitated to the richness of the color. I also got the cover that has the closure feature which is a nice touch. Saddleback Leather makes some of the most awesome leather goods I've ever seen. I will be back for more leather goodness that's for sure!
My wife bought the Bible cover for me as it goes back and forth with me to work in my overnight bag. My Bible was getting pretty tattered. This cover was the perfect answer. As with all Saddleback products, it is durable, simple, and a work of art.
Once again, Thank you for a great product designed to last in a disposable age.
This bible cover is beautiful. I purchased the dark coffee brown and it is really wearing in nicely. The shipping was very fast. This is my second Saddleback product and there will be MANY more to come. Thanks Dave!
I got the chestnut bible cover, and I couldn't be more thrilled!!!!! Sure I had to trim front and back cover, yet its still a bit of a squeeze, but it works. I love this. I love the color the smell and the concept. I cant wait to see what it looks like when it turns a different color from use and age. I will cherish this. Thanks Saddleback Leather Company, for providing such a wonderful thing to keep my bible in :)
I really like the high quality leather, the color and even that wonderful leather smell. As a pastor (www.flbconline.com) I wanted something that was beautiful and would last. I do love it and have been fascinated by the story Saddleback Leather and the craftsmanship for a long time. This was my first purchase and I am thrilled! I do have to say that the measurements is really weird, I had to go to my local Christian bookstore and still couldn't find a Bible to fit right. I finally just had to go with a less expensive King Jimmy and just cut the cover to make it fit. I sure hate to have done that, but it was the only way. Outside of that, I am very happy with it.
I brought the cover to my local christian book store -- the first question, "...from where did you purchase THAT?" The leather is absolutely beautiful. While I will use for my bible, it will also accommodate a Kindle and Vela Series-N2 5.5 x 8.5 inch Field Research Notebook. This is my third Saddleback purchase (wallet and clutch purse). My sons have added the Saddleback briefcase to their wish lists. I suspect the Tumi and Zero Halliburton cases will be donated to good will.
I got this in combination with a Classic Tobacco Briefcase. Both from Dave's Deals and its hard to say which I like better.
The pull string is clever, the leather soft to the touch and just so handsome.
I got this in dark coffee brown hoping to put my bible in it. I have, what I consider, a regular sized catholic bible from Ignatius Press. My bible won't fit in here. When I ordered this I was thinking that maybe it wouldn't fit, so I'm not going to give four stars. Also, the customer service is amazing. I e-mailed to complain and could have returned this. However, I decided to keep it. This looks and smells amazing. Also, it fits a moleskin notebook perfectly!!! So, I use this for a journal rather than a bible cover and I couldn't be more happy with this.
I purchased this for my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary. I had given him a bible for a wedding present and it was so worn that I started looking around for a cover. That's when I discovered Saddleback. He loves it! Like the reviewer below said, there is something wonderful about holding a bible in the warm of leather. For my husband, receiving this cover brought back and flood of memories, well really, for both of us.
For anyone looking for a high quality, beautiful cover that feels and smells wonderful, look no further. This is it! Thank you Saddleback!
I took advantage of Dave's Deals and bought this Black Bible Cover at 10% off. (I couldn't find anything wrong with it). It surprised me when it came because it smelled so different and looked so plain and featureless like (David a previous reviewer stated). This is the first item I've bought that wasn't in Tobacco Brown and it was so different. I tried what he suggested and it worked some, I'll just have to use this a little more and it should be fine. Also thanks to David I have a place for my pen in the top of the spine.
I must say when I ordered this, I thought because I own several bibles, one of them had to fit, but no such luck. I actually bought a new copy of the ESV Thinline Bible to go in it and had my name put on the Leatherback cover at the religious store. Even though I'm Catholic and a few books are missing in this version, it has become my favorite. The bible and cover were made for each other. Like Dave says "a cover WORTHY of what's in it.
This cover almost got sent back because of the size but I am SO glad I kept it. There is just something about holding this beautiful cover and reading God's word, they both together warm my heart.
While beating this cover up in order to give it some character I relized how it will never wear out and my girls WILL be fighting over it someday. I only wish I could be around to see how more beautiful it will become over time.
I received this case for Bible in less than 2 days after the order was placed. The shipping is very fast, and it was standard ground shipping. I do live like 2 and half hours outside of San Antonio where Dave lives, but 2 days is very fast. I was a little nervous when I first bought it because I didn't know if it would fit my ESV inline Bible. But, it fits perfectly! I had to cut off about a quarter of an inch off of the back cover, and it fits great! Besides, no one is gonna know or see the cover of your Bible once it is in the case. I highly recommend this product to everyone!
I ordered 2 bible covers for Christmas gifts and was very excited to give such beautiful presents. I originally wanted the chestnut color, but only the tobacco was in stock at the time. I thought the color would look too masculine for my sisters, but they ended up being perfect. Not masculine and not feminine, just nice leather. The bible covers are gorgeous and are very well made. The leather is thick and soft and will definitely last a long, long time. The toggle closure is just the perfect finishing touch.
I think my sisters liked getting their covers as much as I liked giving them. They kept rubbing their hands over the leather and opening it to look at the bible (which somehow looked much nicer in the cover).
As for the bible size, a thin line (regular, not large print) bible fits perfectly. When I first put the bible in the cover, it seemed too tight. I worked the leather back and forth a couple times, and the bible covers slid right into place.
As a side note, Saddleback's customer service is super. I called for some information and they were very friendly and helpful. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Just a quick note for anyone wondering what Bible fits. Like other reviews, I found the Crossway thin line Bible fits but my eyes are fuzzy enough that the smaller font was a bit challenging. The personal size large font Bible was too thick. And then today... I received the single column heritage Bible with 9pt font. Perfect for me and fits in the Saddleback cover without trimming.
This is an absolutely beautiful product!! I've bought two of these over the last few years; one in the dark brown, and the other as a gift in tobacco brown. I don't read the Bible but I do use this as a journal cover for work and it's quality is unparalleled. I get lots of compliments and the dark brown leather has broken in very nicely.
The second cover was a gift new my friends son, and I did include a Bible in that one. I have to say, I was a little jealous when I saw how cool that tobacco brown looks, but I was way more excited to give him a gift he will enjoy for the rest of his life.
I have enjoyed several products from Saddleback Leather, and I have never been disappointed. Great company!
Fourth and final product (for now) to review. Protects the good book like a champ, makes packing it a safe proposition (can't count the torn pages on the bible I recieved over a decade ago as a graduation gift). The perfect bible to fit this is the Zondervan Thin Line bible...picked it up from Mardel today PERFECT fit...Dave maybe there's a partnership opportunity? At any rate, if anyone needs to find a fit, this is the way to go (they make NIV, and KJV). What a way to add some class and a little bit of heritage to my study time.I'm big on leaving a legacy for my son, and for him to see me study with this on my bible, will hopefully remind him of who his real father is when I'm gone (should be a good while from now :) ).