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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:
- Banditapple Peewee (3.5"x5.5")
- Field Notes notebooks (3.5"x5.5")
- Clairefontaine C63596 lined (3.5"x5.5")
- Clairefontaine Life.Unplugged. Roadbook (3.5"x5.5")
- Clairefontaine Life.Unplugged. Staplebound Duo (3.5"x5.5")
- Rhodia side staplebound (3"x4.75")
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!