Refills That Fit A Passport Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Tyler and I messed around with a little bit different video format this time, and we’d really love to hear what you think about it. We still got across everything we wanted, but with the way we edited it we took what normally would have taken about 7-8 minutes and got it into 4 minutes. Please let us know what you think in the comments below!

I’ve been asked more than a couple of times how a Banditapple Peewee fits in a Midori Traveler’s Notebook in Passport size. This question was the inspiration for this blog post, though I’ve been asked many times what other notebooks (if any) will also fit. Once I started grabbing all kinds of notebooks off the shelf, I realized that the Banitapple Peewee is similar in size to several other popular notebooks that would also fit, such as:

There may be other notebooks out there that fit well, and if so I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. These are just the notebooks that I have on hand to compare. 
I did snap some quick pics showing the Midori Passport refill and Banditapple Peewee together, so you can see the fit:
Midori refill (blue) is 89mm x 124mm, and the Banitapple Peewee is 90mm x 140mm, just a bit taller.
Midori refill (blue) in front of a Banitapple Peewee, to show the difference in size

Banditapple Peewee inside the Traveler’s Notebook, sticks out slightly above and below.

It’s really not too bad, but it’s definitely noticeable.

Here’s the same pic without my pen in the way.

So yes, you technically can use the Banitapple Peewee notebooks in the Midori Traveler’s Notebook in Passport size. It’ll save you a little bit of money, as the Peewee is $3.50 and the Midori Passport refills are $4.20, you just have to decide for yourself if the $0.70 is worth the tradeoff. The Peewee comes in blank, graph, lined, and a weekly planner. The Midori comes with all those, plus a monthly planner and an “MD paper” version, which is just paper made by a different company than the others.

In my opinion, the two notebooks aren’t drastically different from each other in terms of performance with fountain pen inks, but some of you may have better experience with one or another based on your ink and nib preferences. But at least now you know how it fits, and that it is a viable option to use these in the Traveler’s Notebook.

Other notebooks may have certain features that you like better or worse than the Midori refills, so you’ll have to use your own judgment about which will work best for you. Me personally, I actually like the Midori refills. I’m a huge fan of Rhodia and Clairefontaine, though for a notebook like this it’s actually not the worst thing to have a paper with a little more tooth, a little faster dry time. What I do is keep a cut sheet of blotting paper as a bookmark, and it absorbs any extra ink as I close the notebook if I’m writing on the go. Works like a champ.

If you have any questions or feedback for me about these notebooks, just let me know in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-06T17:59:14+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Paper Reviews, Tips & Tricks|37 Comments
  • freddy

    Brian, an excellent video that got right down to the subject matter and covered all the basics in four minutes. Perfect! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have a Midori notebook, though not the traveler, and like it. For 70ยข difference I would not be happy with the overhang of the other notebooks. Also, having perforated paper in a notebook like that is a real plus, in my opinion.

    By the way, looking at your thumb nail in the video, may I suggest that hammers and thumbs do not always work well together. I hope it didn’t hurt too much. ๐Ÿ™

    • Thanks! Yeah, I was pleased with how concise this video turned out to be. I’m with you, I don’t think the difference in the notebooks (price or quality) offsets the compromise in size. But hey, that’s an individual decision. I got asked about it a lot. As for my thumb, it wasn’t even a hammer! It was a 2×4 that I was prying off a wall, it gave way and slammed into my thumb.

  • freddy

    Brian, an excellent video that got right down to the subject matter and covered all the basics in four minutes. Perfect! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have a Midori notebook, though not the traveler, and like it. For 70ยข difference I would not be happy with the overhang of the other notebooks. Also, having perforated paper in a notebook like that is a real plus, in my opinion.

    By the way, looking at your thumb nail in the video, may I suggest that hammers and thumbs do not always work well together. I hope it didn't hurt too much. ๐Ÿ™

  • I currently use the Midori passport with both Rhodia and Clairefontaine’s side-staplebound 3 x 4.75 notebooks.

    A bit of a sacrifice on the real-estate, but they fit nicely without overhang.

    I have the rhodia graph ruled booklet for grocery lists, and clairefontaine line-ruled for keeping track of my mpg and gasoline consumption of my car.

    Sidekick pen-loop/clip-on sporting a lamy Safari, and I have a neat little portable package.

    The star-ferry camel leather is aging nicely on my passport midori. The scuff marks strangely give it more character.

    • Yup, that’s definitely an option! Some people cut down the larger 3.5×5.5 notebooks so they’ll fit, that’s something you could try. Glad you’re liking the camel color! That is a gorgeous leather.

    • Coop1979

      I use these as well. They may be a little smaller, but that has an advantage as well. I made a custom insert out of duct tape, it has a couple of small pockets for loose notes and such and it has a leuchtturm1917 penloop stuck to it.
      The custom insert is sized to match these notebooks, so a pen in the penloop is protected by the leather cover as well (most of it anyway).
      I usually carry around my TWSBI Mini like this.

      • That’s a neat setup you got there.

        I especially like the fact that the leather covers up the pen loop and your TWSBI mini.

        The Midori clip-on pen loop, although it’s nice, it makes the whole pen loop and pen kind of dangle on the side of the notebook, many times it gets caught on things, it’s not sugly attached to the notebook, I’ve always been semi-comfortable with that.

        The Leuchttrum pen loops are a nice addition to any notebook, I’ve put them on to each of the leatherette covers of my rhodia pads. The issue I have with those is that the elastic loop is a little too small. I have to wrestle with it to get my Pilot Prera or Lamy Safari into there.

        Thanks for the comment.

  • I currently use the Midori passport with both Rhodia and Clairefontaine's side-staplebound 3 x 4.75 notebooks.

    A bit of a sacrifice on the real-estate, but they fit nicely without overhang.

    I have the rhodia graph ruled booklet for grocery lists, and clairefontaine line-ruled for keeping track of my mpg and gasoline consumption of my car.

    Sidekick pen-loop/clip-on sporting a lamy Safari, and I have a neat little portable package.

    The star-ferry camel leather is aging nicely on my passport midori. The scuff marks strangely give it more character.

  • Marc

    Wondering about the pen clip/loop (which you removed in the bottom picture). What is it and do you sell them?

  • Marc

    Wondering about the pen clip/loop (which you removed in the bottom picture). What is it and do you sell them?

  • Tim

    Definitely like the new video format. Detailed but to the point.

    These notebooks tempt me but I find I buy more paper than I actually write on. What does everyone fill in all these pages with?

    • Great! Yeah, I have way more paper than I could ever use, as you could imagine. I do end up using my MTN often though, not for epic novels where I’m tearing through pages, but for quick jots and lists and ideas that pop into my head when I’m out and about.

    • Angel

      I keep a sketchpad in it, a holder for my cards, stamps and cash, and a perforated lines notebook to write letters when I’m out at a coffee shop to my friends and family back home ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tim

    Definitely like the new video format. Detailed but to the point.

    These notebooks tempt me but I find I buy more paper than I actually write on. What does everyone fill in all these pages with?

  • Diane Maher

    Brian,
    Do any of the Apica notebooks fit?

    • Eh…sort of, not really. The tough thing about the Apicas is the way they’re bound, they don’t seat well in the leather. You could make it work, if you really wanted to, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

  • Diane Maher

    Brian,
    Do any of the Apica notebooks fit?

  • David Jackson

    Like the video format. All the information is there.

    I keep going back and forth between a notebook and an iPad Mini. I’m putting photos of my notebook in Evernote to bring them together. I can’t leave my pen(s) behind.

    • Nice, thanks! Yeah, I definitely blend technology with my pen and notebook as well. I have a lot of i devices, but there’s just something I enjoy about a pen on paper that can’t be replaced.

  • David Jackson

    Like the video format. All the information is there.

    I keep going back and forth between a notebook and an iPad Mini. I'm putting photos of my notebook in Evernote to bring them together. I can't leave my pen(s) behind.

  • Leigh Abernathy

    Well, not really a commercial option, but it’s my favorite one: I make my own refills. It’s easy to sew a single signature (also called a pamphlet), and you can make them from any paper and any size you like. I can make them with my favorite drawing paper or loose sheets of writing paper or whatever I want to use.

    There are many good tutorials online. This video is a great one–she really breaks down the steps, but it’s more geared towards using artist’s paper: http://rozwoundup.typepad.com/roz_wound_up/2012/01/making-a-paper-sample-test-booklet-or-a-simple-pamphlet-visual-journal.html

    And here’s a simple written one: http://myhandboundbooks.blogspot.com/2007/06/alright-bookbinding-101.html

    I will warn you–making these is so simple, fast and fun, it can be addictive!

    • Very cool! And the handmade aspect fits right in with the feel of the MTN as well, that’s awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!

      • Leigh Abernathy

        A number of friends make their own signatures out of their favorite artists’ papers and use the Midori travelers as art journals. That way, you can have one “book” with different types of paper in it so you’re ready for anything!

  • Leigh Abernathy

    Well, not really a commercial option, but it's my favorite one: I make my own refills. It's easy to sew a single signature (also called a pamphlet), and you can make them from any paper and any size you like. I can make them with my favorite drawing paper or loose sheets of writing paper or whatever I want to use.

    There are many good tutorials online. This video is a great one–she really breaks down the steps, but it's more geared towards using artist's paper: http://rozwoundup.typepad.com/roz_wound_up/2012/01/making-a-paper-sample-test-booklet-or-a-simple-pamphlet-visual-journal.html

    And here's a simple written one: http://myhandboundbooks.blogspot.com/2007/06/alright-bookbinding-101.html

    I will warn you–making these is so simple, fast and fun, it can be addictive!

  • Nice, thanks! Yeah, I definitely blend technology with my pen and notebook as well. I have a lot of i devices, but there's just something I enjoy about a pen on paper that can't be replaced.

  • Leather interior repairs

    Great job..

  • Leather interior repairs

    Great job..

  • Scoutbooks fit very well, exact same width and about 2.5mm(less than 1/8″) longer. Interesting design too. Only problem is that they charge 3 times the cost of the notebooks to ship to Canada(they probably think Canada is in Asia somewhere, or on the moon…), so it would be cool if Gouletpen could look into carrying the brand.

  • Martin L

    Scoutbooks fit very well, exact same width and about 2.5mm(less than 1/8") longer. Interesting design too. Only problem is that they charge 3 times the cost of the notebooks to ship to Canada(they probably think Canada is in Asia somewhere, or on the moon…), so it would be cool if Gouletpen could look into carrying the brand.

  • Coop1979

    I use these as well. They may be a little smaller, but that has an advantage as well. I made a custom insert out of duct tape, it has a couple of small pockets for loose notes and such and it has a leuchtturm1917 penloop stuck to it.
    The custom insert is sized to match these notebooks, so a pen in the penloop is protected by the leather cover as well (most of it anyway).
    I usually carry around my TWSBI Mini like this.

  • Sean M.

    Does anyone have insight as to alternative refills for the regular-sized traveler’s notebook (i.e., 4.5 x 8.5 in.)?

  • KatFibi

    Very useful, thank you!

  • JMdeVMI

    I are backwards. I use the Passport-sized cover from Renaissance Art and the Midori Passport sized refills.

  • Elena Callegari

    is the midori pen holder worth it? i’ve heard contradictory opinions, some say it causes deep scratches (usage scratches contribute to the character of midori leather, but deep ones account as ”damage” in my book), others love it, others say it slides down and detaches from the leather. i was thinking on clipping it to an insert made of cardstock to avoid any issue, what do you guys think?

    • Marcus

      I’ve had mine for about a month, and I have had minimal issues. When I first received mine the clip was way to tight, so I pried it open slightly so that way it doesn’t dig in or catch on the leather. This did make it slide a little bit on the outside cover, but nothing that annoys me. One of solutions I found is that when I am not using the notebook, I wrap the elastic not only around the notebook, but the pen attached to it as well. I have found this keeps both pen and holder snug around the notebook. To give you an idea of my usual transport setup, I am in college and I use a Duluth Pack canvas and leather book bag, and I just toss my Midori right inside, no problem. It is worth it to me to have the clip, so I am never trying to figure out where I left a pen to use!