I purchased the small size and the first thing I noticed when I opened this notebook was how comfortable it felt in my hands. The weight is not too heavy and the size is perfect for grab and go.. OR even to stuff into my Saddleback briefcase. Bought this on a Dave's Deals in Chestnut and still can't find why it was discounted. Maybe some extra scarring on the hide? But it's beautiful regardless. The only thing I would change is how long the pen/pencil holder is BUT I'm sure Dave had a purpose in designing it that way. I have yet to be disappointed in anything I have purchased from Saddleback, and that is the honest truth. Thanks Dave!
$69.00 to $148.00SKU: #01-30-0022
- Logo may vary from what is shown
- Impress them with the leather
- Right side features opening at top that notepads slip in and out of easily
- One solid piece of full-grain leather on the outside, pigskin on the inside
- Riveted for strength and style
- Small pad has 2.5" pocket on the left, 2 large pockets that open towards the spine and a pen holder
- Medium pad has 4 pockets, a calculator pocket, a business/credit card pocket, 2 large document folders and a pen holder
- Because of natural oils shade may vary
- Dimensions (approximate size):
- Holds a 5” x 8” pad
- 6 ¼” W x 8 ¾” H
- 0.75 pounds
- Holds European A4-sized paper and Letter Pads or 8 ½” x 11”
- 9 ¾” W x 12 ¾” H
- 1.7 pounds
I normally don't write reviews, but this portfolio is so nice it demanded I write a review praising it. I bought the medium size in tobacco and could not be more pleased. It opens and closes easily, yet is extremely durable...something tells me I could throw this out of my car on an expressway and go back to find it completely intact. If you are thinking of buying this, do not hesitate, it's worth every penny.
My first purchase with Saddleback Leather was the bible cover. I needed this notepad to complement it for note-taking during church. I purchased the small in chestnut color to match my bible case. The notepad is of very high quality. The copper rivets are a wonderful accent to the beautiful leather color. I had no problem purchasing a standard 5x8 notepad to fit in the slot. When the notepad first arrived it didn't stay shut very well. I massaged the spine of the cover, even folded the case backwards and then left it under a heavy book for about two days and it's stays shut perfectly now. I would highly recommend this product to anyone needing a notepad cover. After just two purchases from Saddleback I am addicted!
I always use spiral bound 5" x 7" notebooks for work and had an old leather cover for 15+ years that was finally going. I looked in stores and online EVERYWHERE and couldn't find a leather case to hold a 5 x 7 spiral notebook.
Finally I hit Saddleback's website and saw the Classic Notepad holder. The website doesn't show that it can hold spiral notebooks, but I called and spoke with a very helpful woman. I explained what I was looking for and very quickly we figured out that the small notebook holder would work perfectly, so I ordered one - and it does.
I got it fast and it is really, really, really nice. It's heavy double-layered leather with heavy stitching and very cool copper rivets. Bonus for me are openings on both sides - I can slide the notebook cover into one side, a scale ruler on the other sides and there's a pen holder and business card slot.
This is serious leather though, so it doesn't fold easily. I'm breaking it in like a baseball glove - the old "rubber band around it and few nights under the mattress" trick and it's taking shape nicely.
This is a great, high-quality notebook cover at a very fair price.
Nice job Saddleback!
I own the small notepad holder and liked it so much that I ordered the large one as well. The small notepad holder fits perfectly in my Love 41 Leather mini tote standing upright. The quality of the holder is outstanding. Mine gets thrown around often and holds it shape well. It is thick and sturdy but doesn't feel bulky. Excellent construction. I purchased one as a gift for my son.
I gave this as a Valentines Day gift to my husband and he went bonkers for this. The quality of it is absolutely stunning. The color is perfect! This was our first buy from Saddleback and I have to say we are already hooked and looking forward to buying more quality timeless pieces. Definitely recommending this company to everyone!
Just arrived my small size Notepad Holder, in dark coffee brown. The quality of this product is exceptional! The thick full grain leather looks and feels great. I love the dark coffee color and smell of this notepad is rich and swarthy. The rigidity of this notepad is stiff which I like because it makes writing while standing easy. The small size is built with four rivets on the inside pockets where I will use to store notes, paperwork and receipts. This area usually is subject to a lot of stress, breakage at some point is possible but NOT with this beast of a notepad holder! I can't think of any way Dave could have made it stronger. Well done.
So I'm meeting with clients the other day in the Board Room and was taking notes on a 8 1/2 x 11 note pad, you know, the yellow ones. And I got to thinking that I'm helping people buying and/or selling their house and here I am looking very tacky with a plain Jane note pad. So I thought to myself, "Self, how would Dave handle this situation?". So off to Saddleback "Makes you look good" Leather to solve the riddle and this is what I found. I bought both sizes of note pad so I'd be ready for any situation. My first client meeting with the new pad was today and the first thing the client said was "Wow, that's neat. Where'd you get that?". So for the next 5 minutes we talked SL. I figure I'll get other compliments as well. They are both of the highest quality, have versatile slots and holders and are just really neat! My 13 year old son is already plotting my demise as he's already asked me when he can have it! I told him in maybe 40-50 years to come see me! So drop everything and head on over to Saddleback and pick up a handful or two. Now I just need one or two of those cool copper pens to go with them! Highly recommended by me and clients alike. 5 Stars
I've had my large tobacco notepad since Christmas 2015 and wanted to post a quick review.
This has been a great piece of kit that serves not only as a great conversation piece and notepad, but I've also taken to using is as a backdrop for product photos. The texture of the leather works wonderfully as a backdrop for highlighting small pieces of jewelry and such!
To address the comment I've read elsewhere regarding not being able to keep the notepad closed when it's new. There's no doubt the heft of the leather makes the binding very stiff right out of the box Mine wouldn't close and that was to be expected. The fast and easy fix was to fold it back on itself. When open, take the left edge (folder slots) and fold it completely around so it's behind the note pad (finished outside face to finished outside face). I placed mine that way on my desk, and put a book on it for a night or two. It immediately solved the problem and the lid stayed closed perfectly after that. Breaking that spine can take a long time and that was a fast fix. Don't be worried about damaging it from doing that -- it's more than plenty tough!
Just received a Chestnut Medium Notepad Holder purchased for my daughter's law school graduation. Very pleased with the design & outstanding quality. Purchased a Large Classic Briefcase for myself last year after numerous years looking at various brands. Saddleback Leather delivers !!
This notepad holder is very cool.
Mine was a 25% Dave's Deal. I guess the discount was because of an awesome scar on the inside cover. Honestly Dave could have created an "Awesome Scar Surcharge" because it adds so much character.
I've had my larger notepad holder for about a month and I almost want to baby it! It's the perfect size for me, feels great, smells great (hey now!), and just looks great. I let my other leather (SBL and others) get beat up because they look nice after scratches and a good conditioning, but I find myself taking care of this notepad holder more than I should...
It's not as heavy as others had said or complained about.
Some complain about it being so stiff they can hardly get anything in - mine wasn't as stiff. I have two Economist magazines in the large pocket, some papers in the smaller one, some business cards in the card slots, and no pen in the pen loop (probably won't ever even use that).
My only complaint is that I wish it would've had a side pocket where the notepad goes, similar to that in the smaller sized notepad holder. Your options in which types of notepads to use in this notepad holder are somewhat limited by this. In the end, I think I'll make it work (Rhodia does sell wirebound pads that will fit in here), but that could've been different.
Overall, this notepad holder is great. As I said, there is one thing I would change about it, but it's certainly not a dealbreaker for me. I'm very happy with this purchase and look forward to putting it to good use in years to come.
Got the large folio on black. I love the light pigskin lining on this piece, the contrast looks great. One thing I would suggest is an extra slot or pocket on the right hand side so that you can use side-bound notebooks as well. I've had trouble finding decent quality top-bound notepads suitable to go in this beautiful folio, though that might just be an Aussie issue! Other than that I love it and need to find more excuses to use it!
I bought a medium notebook holder to hold my truck driver log book , it's way to big but also way to cool , I may have to get me a side pocket duffle bag next in the same color .
Today it was sleeting and freezing rain but the UPS delivered the medium notepad holder that I got my husband for valentines. Thanks Dave for another great product. Be blessed.
This will be the fourth item added to my Saddleback collection. After reading some of the reviews I was a little nervous about the new leather changes, specifically the pigskin, but after getting the small notepad holder I have to say I think they made a good move. This is the armored tank of notepad holders and I hope to enjoy it for many years to come.
Hugely impressed with this product. Bought the Medium size and was so happy with it I then bought the smaller one. Everyone is impressed and jealous, couldn't recommend these products more. Thanks Saddleback - once again you have delivered a super one
Why anyone would give this product less that five stars is beyond me. I've been using it for a little while now, and I'm still thrilled about it. It works perfectly for my needs, and looks amazing! I just wish the Dark Coffee Brown was in stock when I ordered it. I went whiskey instead, and that still looks great!
Also, I've bought a handful of the small wallets for friends and relatives as presents in the past, and eveyone loves them. My girlfriend even loves hers. Keep up the outstanding work!
Over the last 2-3 years I bought: a wallet (black), briefcase (coffee), belt (coffee), large desk pad (chestnut), and notepad holder (chestnut). None of these purchases were made lightly -- I'm a very careful consumer. I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of these products. They are truly made to last a lifetime. My wallet is nearly 3 years old, I use it daily, and it still looks brand new. My briefcase is showing some wear but, as expected, it adds to the attractiveness of the product. The only very slight regret I have is that I probably should have chosen a chestnut briefcase and black notepad holder (not the current black, but the black they use to offer -- like my wallet).
My wife bought this for me as a wedding gift last June. Since then, it has accompanied me to EVERY meeting here at the office. She got me the DCB color, since I have multiple other pieces in that color, to include (but not limited to) the iPhone sleeve and medium gadget sleeve. After having it for just shy of a year, the leather has softened up, particularly on the spine and the pen holder, which were both VERY stiff in the beginning. I have worked it in by foldling it back on itself, "massaging" the spine, and even sitting on it to get it to be "just right."
This piece turns heads at the office. Recently, some "higher-ups" were in town and of course, we had some lengthy meetings to attend. The whole time, I was catching them stealing glances down at the notepad holder and compliments followed after the meetings.
I believe I have made a convert of one of them, so SBL - you're welcome! :) Many more product from you all will be purchased. I have my eyes on the passport wallet next...
LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I had a " " Leather " " portfolio, you get what you pay for! This on the other hand gets noticed and for good reason! It is clean and sturdy and just a wonderful investment!
Ordered small notepad holder on Tuesday evening - it arrived on following Thursday. Can't say much more than already's been said. Purchased the classic briefcase several years ago and wouldn't trade it for anything I've seen on the market. In addition to the extreme quality of workmanship and materials, as a pastor I appreciate what the company stands for. All good when dealing with Saddleback.
I bought the medium from Dave's Deals in chestnut as a Christmas gift. It was very difficult not to keep for myself. Nice thick leather and typical SB quality.
I have both the small and the medium in tobacoo , I use them both the smaller one in my purse for notes and bills, and the larger one I use everyday for my court appointments as well as investigations.
This is the best padfolio ever! Quality materials and impeccable construction. I always get compliments on it!
When I was selling real estate in Mexico City and would go to visit a potential client, I never wanted to overwhelm or intimidate them with a big bag full of contracts.