Monday, October 14, 2013

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


  1. Brian, an excellent video that got right down to the subject matter and covered all the basics in four minutes. Perfect! ;-)

    I have a Midori notebook, though not the traveler, and like it. For 70¢ 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. :-(

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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?

  5. Brian,
    Do any of the Apica notebooks fit?

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Leather interior repairsOctober 23, 2013 at 1:15 AM

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  10. 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.

  11. 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.


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