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.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, shout out to me in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet