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Traveler's Notebook: Midori vs Fauxdori (September Leather)

Joy P

Three years ago, my first time to hear and bought a Midori Traveler's Notebook, then about one year ago I started making Traveler's Notebook and selling them on Amazon, and today I am going to write a post to compare the Midori and the fauxdori I made.

1. Packaging

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The packagings are similar with kraft paper box.
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Midori's box with elastic closure, and September Leather's with sticker label.
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Both with a linen bag, instruction paper, and spare elastic.

2. Style

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The obvious difference is, Midori's has a lead sealing and a small elastic bookmark, while September Leather's has a small leather piece that could protect the cover.
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Midori's elastic closure comes out of the back while September Leather's comes out of the spine.
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Inside the cover, Midori's elastic was tied with a knot, which may cause interference when writing; September Leather's elastics were fixed with metal pieces which let the notebook lays flat.

3. Insert

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The Midori TN comes with one insert, September Leather TN comes with 3 inserts.
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The notebook inserts are the same size, 21x11cm, with kraft paper cover.
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Both inserts are stapled.
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The Midori's insert is blank pages (refill 003), September Leather's are mixed with blank, lined and grid pages.
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Midori's insert is little thinner with white paper, while September Leather's inserts are thicker with cream paper.
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Both papers are in high quality, no bleeding or ghosting.

4. Leather Cover

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The covers are made of genuine (full grain) cowhide leather, marks easily and ages beautifully. 
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The Midori's cover is 0.5mm taller, and its rough side is very smooth to the touch.
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The Midori's cover is thicker and its edges were burnished. 

5. Price

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Both traveler's notebooks are available on, the price for Midori TN is US$32.00, and September Leather's is US$19.99. Midori's has a good review amount while September Leather's has a good average review score.(~by June 24, 2017)


Have to say, Midori Traveler's Notebook has the best quality, it should always the first choice for traveler's notebook lover. But, if you are a beginner and not sure if you like this system, a cheaper yet high-quality fauxdori (such as September Leather's Traveler's Notebook) would be a better choice.

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