paper and pen test #3 - Filofax notebook

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hello and welcome back!

Here is my third test about "which pen to use on which paper?"!

My first test was on the paper of Inkwell Press hardcover notebook paper, the second one with the famous Leuchtturm paper.

Today I would like to show you the paper of the Filofax notebooks.

I guess Filofax is a name most of you recognize. The english company is well known for their ringbound planners, in all sizes, colors and materials.

Their planners are available in so many different variations that I like to leave the link to their webpage so that you can check them out. Beware of their multiple choices, once you are hooked it is hard to leave their page again :-) .

Today I would like to pick out one of their newer products: The Filofax Notebook

They are not, like most of their other products, ringbound planners, these notebooks have a twin-wire binding. As with the ringbound system and any discbound system you can remove the pages and rearrange them within your notebook, very easily with just one upward motion. So no hassle with opening and closing any rings (and maybe squishing your fingers..).

The covers of these notebooks fold back on themselves, therefore you can easily write on the left hand page with a sturdy cover beneath (or on the right side if you are left-handed). When opened up the notebook lies completely flat open.

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The notebook covers come in all sorts of colors, sizes (A4, A5, pocket and smart size) and materials (leather-look-alike or other materials). They have rearrangable dividers, a page marker and a small pocket, integrated in one of the dividers. Some have an elastic closure. Filofax even offers a punch so that you can create your own inserts.

The system is similar to a discbound system. Both systems allow you to rearrange your sheets; the discbound system allows you to change out the discs to maybe a bigger size or a different material, with the notebooks you do not have this option. You cannot take apart the wire binding from the cover. The punch holes look similar to the ones of the discbound systems but they are not compatible.

For the normal ringbound planners Filofax offers a wide choice of inserts. Yearly planners, weeklies or dailies as well, lists and paper inserts in white or colored.

The paper for these ringbound planners is very thin, only about 70gsm and I have stopped using it, the paper is not fountain pen friendly at all. There is a lot of really heavy bleeding with ink (a test with this paper will follow later). If you use a ballpoint pen or just a pencil then it is fine to use.

And here comes the difference with these notebooks: Filofax offers 100gsm paper for these notebooks!!

So this is fairly thick paper, a normal copy paper is 80gsm, as a comparison.

They offer three types of paper: squared (6mm squares), ruled (6mm line spacing) and plain blank. Sorry, they do not offer any dot grid paper. There are no calender inserts available for these notebooks.

With these paper choices the notebooks are perfect for bullet journaling. I like it very much that you can replace any sheets within your notebook. With the dividers you can create separate sections, for your lists or your future logs. You do not really need a content list page as you can move around your pages, so any numbered pages would be in a mix-up-order. The pages are not numbered. The notebooks already come with 56 sheets, mostly ruled, more sheets are available as refills.