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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Filofax Notebooks Review



Video Timestamps:
  • Backstory - (0:10)
  • Sizes and Cost – (1:25)
  • Color Options - (1:55)
  • Features - (2:11)
  • Extra Features - (3:23)
  • Refills - (6:07)
  • Writing Test – (7:46)
  • Notebook Comparisons - (12:35)

Filofax is a brand that's been on my radar for a while because they're distributed in the United States by the same company that distributes Lamy. Filofax is really known with those who are big into planners, which isn't really my scene so much. However, they've come out with a brand-new (non-planner) notebook that I think is pretty exciting. It has some features that are really unique, and the colors are enough to really get people excited. The best part is that the pages are moveable within the notebook, and replaceable.







Covers
  • A5- 6.3” x 8.4” ($18.95)
  • Pocket- 4.1”x5.7” ($13.95)
  • 6 colors:
    • Aqua
    • Black
    • Blue
    • Fuscia
    • Orange
    • Red
  • Leatherette
  • Flexible
  • Notch for elastic strap
  • Folds back on itself
  • Lies flat

Removable pages!


Special Features

  • Removable pages!
  • Dividers
    • Same 4 colors for all sizes
    • Blue divider has pocket
  • Ruler/bookmark that's moveable
  • Elastic strap
    • Black has solid black strap
    • Other colors have matching color with white stripe
  • Wire binding
    • Black has black wires
    • Other colors have white
  • Spare sheets included- 4 each blank, graph, one lined (just to make the packaging not confusing)
Double-wire binding
Ruler/bookmark, 4 dividers (one with pocket insert)


Paper Facts

  • Off-white
  • 6mm ruling
  • 56 sheets
  • 100g weight
  • Line color is dark blue
  • All come with ruled, and spare sheets
  • Removable/replaceable pages

Writing performance

The paper is good, not great. It's made to be a more well-rounded paper for pencils, rollerballs, and fountain pens. It's slightly absorbent so shading is reduced a little and there can be some bleeding and feathering with really wet pen/ink combos, just being completely honest. For me it's not really an issue, as the 6mm ruling keeps me to wanting smaller nib sizes anyway, which works much better on this paper. Here's what I tested on it, from the "safe" combos to the extreme ones:

  • Pilot Metropolitan- fine with Noodler's Heart of Darkness (worked awesome)
  • Lamy Al-Star w/ 1.1mm stub nib with Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki (worked awesome)
  • Noodler's Neponset flex with Diamine Apple Glory, for the rest test (feathering and bleeding here, especially when flexed)
  • Lamy Safari rollerball, m63 black refill (worked great) 
  • TWSBI pencil with 0.7mm lead (it's a pencil, what's to say?)

Comparisons

I tested out the above pen/ink combos on some comparable papers, to show the difference. The Filofax paper is most similar to the Leuchtturm:

  • Rhodia Webnotebook, 90g off-white paper w/ 7mm ruling
  • Clairefontaine side-wirebound C8546, 90g white paper w/ 8mm ruling
  • Leuchtturm1917 80g off-white paper w/ 5mm dot ruling



Refills

Part of the appeal of these notebooks is the fact you can relocate the pages, and reload them as you use them. There are spare packs you can buy, in several ruling options:
  • 32 sheet count
  • A5- $4.99
  • Pocket- $3.99
  • Same 100g paper
  • Blank/ruled/graph options
  • Graph is 5mm
  • Lined is 6mm
  • DIFFERENCES!
    • Lines going all the way to the edge, lined/graph
    • Line color is gray instead of blue

I've been using one of these personally for the last month and a half or so, and I have to say I really like it. I am certainly aware of the limitation it'll put on some of my wetter pen/ink combos and I plan around that. I haven't found the paper to cramp my lifestyle too much, I just use an EF or F nib and don't really have to think about too much else. The slight compromise in the paper is more than made up for with the extreme utility and functionality of the moveable pages and dividers. I think this notebook's going to be a huge hit with a lot of writing enthusiasts because it's fairly priced, has exciting colors, and is incredibly functional.

You can pick up the Filofax Notebooks and refills at GouletPens.com. I'd love to hear your thoughts, shout out to me in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

March 2015 Discontinued Products

From time to time, manufacturers discontinue products to make way for new products coming soon. Sometimes we are informed about these in advance, sometimes we don't find out until it's too late and they're all gone. Fortunately, we know about some in advance, and thought you'd want to know too. For all of these products, supplies are dwindling, and we don't know exactly when they'll be gone. So if these products are on your 'must have' list, you'll want to jump them to the top!

Here's a list of discontinued products as of March 4th, 2015:

Monteverde Artista Crystal in Lime Green, Orange, Purple, and Yellow are discontinued.
The Artista Crystal in Blue, Clear, and Pink will still be produced.


Monteverde Invincia in Black Tie and Titanium are discontinued.
The Invincia in Chrome and  Rose Gold will still be produced.


Monteverde Invincia Color Fusion in Spitfire Red and Thunderbird Blue are discontinued. 
The Invincia Color Fusion in Stealth Black will still be produced.





Monteverde Invincia Stylus in all colors is discontinued.
This is a bummer, as we really like the matte black one!



Monteverde Jewelria in Black, Brown, Green, and Silver Carbon Fiber are discontinued. 
The Jewelria in Black Carbon Fiber will still be produced.





TWSBI Vac700 in Blue, Orange, and Smoke are discontinued.
The Vac700 in Clear will still be produced, and we're looking forward to the new Vac Mini in about a month!



TWSBI Vac20 ink bottles in all colors are discontinued. 
However, they'll be replaced by a new Vac20A bottle, which will be compatible with both the Vac700 and the new Vac Mini, in about a month.

As we mentioned, supplies are dwindling and we don't know exactly when we'll run out. So keep an eye on our Closeouts page to snag one of these products up before they're gone for good!

Write On,
Team Goulet

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Matchup #37: Kaweco AL Sport Raw in Fine with Private Reserve Electric DC Blue


Ted Turner isn't the only one to colorize classic movies.

Media Team member and videographer Jenni saw Monday Matchup #37 as a chance to colorize a scene from her favorite flick, the B&W Swedish film "Wild Strawberries," with Private Reserve Electric DC Blue. We don't expect the same backlash or criticism that Ted received this time around. In fact, we think it's a spot-on shade for Director Ingmar Bergman's flashback-heavy look at regret, mortality, and the search for inner peace. You won't find any climatic CGI comic book brawls or a post-credit slapstick blooper reel in this winding drive down memory lane.

The pocket-sized Kaweco AL Sport Raw is a great pen to keep beside your own dream journal for  jotting down memories during those fleeting moments of lucidity before sleep claims you once again. The raw aluminum body is built for blind fumbling on the nightstand as each scuff and scratch only helps to build the character of this unique pen. Featuring a screw cap that posts to transform the pen into a full-size writing instrument, the Kaweco only accepts short standard international cartridges.

With the help of this pen, Private Reserve Electric DC Blue (and its appropriate red sheen), a few paint brushes and a couple of Q-tips, Jenni finds a way to haunt our collective dreams for the foreseeable future. Let's return the favor by asking her to creatively interpret those same dreams :)

The Kaweco AL Sport Raw, available in fine and medium, is available from GouletPens.com for $80, while Private Reserve Electric DC Blue is available in a 12-pack of cartridges for $5.60 (as well as a 66 ml bottle for $11 or an ink sample for $1.25).















Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team









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