1) I wish it would lie flat (but the more used Cavendish #2 lies a lot flatter so maybe it will come with time…)
2) what were filofax thinking of with the clasp/strap thing that is just a bit too short.
Surely the point of having 30 mm rings and two pen loops would be that you can carry more…? But the fastener could do with another cm of wiggle room (at least) I would say.
Anyway, scientist as I claim to be and being sure that my baroque had more space, I decided to measure the straps on each. Now, measuring this was a bit tricky and so I ended up jamming the ruler-end against the edge of the binder, using the ruler to pin down the strap and weighting the other end of the ruler to make it stay still while I took pictures. Hence each strap measurement is about 5 mm short of reality (but this is the same for each strap I measured as I used the same method). I figured that the measurement I needed was from the edge of the binder to the middle of the press-stud.
First up, the Cavendish (30 mm rings).
|Cavendish strap length|
Then the baroque (23 mm rings).
|Baroque strap length|
And out of curiosity, the A5 Finchley (25 mm rings).
|A5 Finchley strap length|
Then I noticed that although the baroque was miles ahead in the length stakes, the other half of the press-stud (on the front cover) is much further away from the edge of the binder. Out came the ruler again to take measurements of this distance.
|Cavendish, press-stud to binder edge measurement|
|Baroque, press-stud to binder edge|
|A5 Finchley, press-stud to binder edge|
Hmm. Now to do some sums. The Baroque strap length is 7.8 cm (including the error mentioned earlier) and the press-stud is 3.5 cm from the edge of the cover, leaving a working length of 4.3 cm. The same maths for the Cavendish (5.8 cm - 1.5 cm) also leaves 4.3 cm. For the Finchley it’s 4.8 cm (7.3 - 2.5 cm).
Why does the Cavendish have the same working length as a binder with smaller rings and only one pen loop? Surely it should be longer…? The 25 mm binder has a longer loop (and 2 pen loops incidentally). I feel like I am not quite able to take advantage of the extra ring space and the extra pen loop.
Picture of the Cavendish from the side (long edge). The other pen is a Coleto 4 colour pen that Gerard sent me (thanks Gerard!!). Look at that strap straining away!
|Side-on. Tight strap!|
And a picture from the side (short edge). Look at that unused ring space!
|Space to fill...!|
I’m wondering if you can get extensions for the straps, like you can for bras…?
Hope everyone has a happy Christmas!