Inspired by Lieutenant Dunbar's journal in the film Dances with Wolves, the Messenger Journal features a secure double tie wrap closure and fold-over leather flap. It's as versatile in a boardroom as it is on a hiking trail. This journal makes a statement wherever it goes and is a much-loved conversation piece. It is handcrafted from top grain American-sourced leather and hand-sewn in our artisan workshop.

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    • About the Messenger Leather Journal

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    • Manufacturer: Rustico
    • SKU: BK0060-0002
    • Dimensions: 6.25" x 9"
    • 160 blank 5.5" x 8.5" pages
    • Rough-cut cream-colored paper
    • Made from top-grain cowhide
    • Secured with a double wrap closure
    • Hand-sewn binding
    • This item is non-refillable
    • Leather Care

    • Chemicals will weaken the leather over time. Be patient. Its ruggedness will grow in character with you.
    • Don't be afraid of a scuff. Lick your finger. Rub it in. The oils from your skin shape the patina's look over time. So go ahead. Handle it!
    • Avoid leaving leather for extended periods of time in direct sunlight or extreme heat. We recommend Rustico's Custom Designed Leather Cleaner for additional leather cleaning and conditioning.
    • Gift Wrapping

    • Each piece is carefully wrapped with eco-friendly FSC Certified tissue paper in a sturdy kraft box filled with crinkle paper and 100% jute twine. See an example
    • Personalizations

    • Personalizations are laser engraved in Garamond Bold font. See some examples
    • Your personalization will appear inside the gray box as detailed in the illustration below:
    • Personalization
  • Shipping Policy

  • This item is hand-made to order. To ensure the careful quality for which we’re known, it takes us some time to craft, package, and ship handmade or personalized items from our workshop. Please refer to the stated production batch date listed above for an accurate idea of when this item will ship. Rush Orders
  • International orders will ship using the method quoted at checkout, either USPS or UPS International. International delivery times vary depending on the customs office of the arrival country and MAY be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees which are the responsibility of the buyer. Customs vary widely from country to country, so please contact your local customs bureau for more information. Generally for large value shipments, you are required to pay an entry fee, plus a certain percentage of the value of the order.
  • Rustico will not be held liable for shipments that are lost or stolen.
  • If your order has not shipped and you would like to cancel it, you may do so within 24 hours of ordering. In times of high volume, such as during the holiday season, this time may be reduced to 12 hours.
  • Please account for the above details when placing an order. For more information you can view our full shipping and returns policy here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 45 reviews

Beautiful, lovely journal and made here...USA; what could be better. Thank you!

Great gift!

We bought a Rustico Journal (the Observer) to use as a polaroid guest book at our wedding and were so impressed with the quality. We bought Rustico items for almost everyone on our Christmas list this year! I think this journal will make a great gift and I can't wait to share it!

Amazing gift!

Bought one for a friend with the gift wrap and all. Amazing quality and beautiful end result


Messenger Leather Journal

International shipping without a hitch

The Messenger Journal has been my go to gift for special people and occasions for years. It’s a great product, very special.

I sent one to a friend in Russia, not sure if it would work. It was seamless and painless...shipping to Russia was economical and there were no hassles at all.

A great product and a great international shipping experience.


Thanks for the great review, William! I'm glad to hear your Rustico shopping experience was a pleasant one. Come back soon!