Epica Amalfi Journal Arrival
March 1, 2007
I’m excited to report that my Journal has arrived. UPS shipping is fast and convenient, with the ability to track it on the web or in your email notification or text message alert on your mobile phone.
Thank you Tari. (When I wrote to Epica, it was to the info customer service email. Little did I know that Tari, the president of Epica would answer my inquires.)
The Epica box fits snuggle into the UPS box. Epica has thought of everything.
Here are a few pictures of the Epica Amalfi Journal.
The great spin is very durable. It also opens to lay flat. Three place of stitched binding. It looks like one of those journal from the Medieval Monastery. The journals come in a variety of sizes. This journal is 6×9 in size.
The leather is ‘oh my gosh’ buttery soft and it feels so great in my hands. Like Toni said, it does feel like I’m carrying a bible. I’ve seen journals that purport to be leather, but nothing is as refined and detailed as this Epica journal. I can see the pores and the tiny fine supple wrinkles of the leather. I choose to personalized mine with initials and the Fleur de lys in a copper reddish tone. Looks great on this lighter leather version. One can request a logo of one’s choice. It’s great for corporate gifts with personalized company logo such as a Mercedes symbol.
The cloth bag is a nice touch. Fleur de ly seems to be a symbol for a few of the paper mills of Italy. There is a 20% discount for the journals with the Fleur de lys emblem. These items are becoming limited and soon to be collectors item. Epica is shipping new journals with out the emblem. If you still want the Fleur de lys, the website will allow you to personalize it.
Signum is a very hard word to track down.
Hand made paper has some tooth to it. Great for charcoal and inks. It soaks up the fountain pen ink very well, indeed. There is no bleed through at all. However, as the pamphlet warns: “If you are fortunate enough to own an Amalfi journal, remember that a fountain pen may cause the ink to skip.” It only skips on the Amalfi handmade paper. The skip isn’t too noticible. I think it’s fine for my fountain pen. The tooth is great for pencil or charcoal drawings. I wrote in my book straight away because (like bungee jumping, don’t hesitate or you may not do it at all.) Don’t hesitate, you may not write in it for a long time. “One final caveat: don’t let yourself be intimidated or afraid to write in or mount pictures in your Epica book. Believe it or not it’s our most common concern from our clients. Capture your most treasured memories & explore your life on paper. It will change you forever.“
The corners of some Amalfi pages have a watermark of an anchor, perhaps to reflect the coastal town of Amalfi. Notice the warm and fussy edges of the paper. No paper cuts here.