Carezza Circa Folio
I bought this notebook as a gift to myself for completing my master's thesis. As I had hoped, the leather is buttery soft and the notebook itself has a smaller footprint that the leather foldover notebook. I'm very happy with the purchase and it immediately became my main Circa notebook, which is great considering I got it monogrammed! The pockets are very handy and get used often, though I'm reticent to put any stapled papers in them for fear of scratching the leather. I wish I could magically revise all my other Circa notebooks to include all of these front pockets in them as well!
Some things to note about the function: in having the smaller footprint, the leather is almost flush against the plastic covers of the notebooks themselves. I would have preferred something that extended past the plastic probably 1/4" - 1/2" more than it does now, but it's not so inconvenient that I'm terribly bothered by it once I adjusted how I closed the notebook. Speaking of closing the notebook, using the pen loops is kind of essential to keeping this notebook closed, which I would have preferred were not the case. I chose this notebook in large part because of how much it resembles the Softfolio. Along those lines, I would probably have been happier with a similar magnet closure than the dual pen loop approach.
As an aside, I did receive the 1/2" discs with this rather than the 3/4" discs I was told by Customer Service that I would receive. While that was a non-issue since I ordered a set of 1" discs for this notebook at the same time as the purchase, I have far less use for the 1/2" discs and would prefer to get the 3/4" ones. I also recently bought the iPad Circa folio and received the same 1/2" discs in that one, so I wonder if that's just where Levenger is heading with their free-with-purchase discs. Disappointing, but not a deal-breaker.
March 29, 2013