Oh, I think I am in stationery heaven today! The postman arrived laden with parcels for me this morning! Apart from some stove glass cleaner (dullsville), there were the following delights!
1: a Moleskine 2013 daily diary
2: a Parker Esprit with a fine nib
3: a ‘new’ Mulberry (new to me at least)
The others will have to wait their turns for reviews. Today I’m just going to review the Mulberry.
The listing said:
Mulberry Personal Organiser
Used but in good condition
Used only once
If it really was only used once, it wasn’t stored very well. The condition is nice, but definitely used. There are some marks on the press-stud area of the leather (grease marks from fingers I assume) and some circular indentations/ marks that look like the end of a pen top has dug in. There are one or two other dings and marks but it’s in pretty good nick and I like the ‘lived in’ look.
Now, possibly prompted by my DH, you might be asking WHY?
“Why are you needing another binder?”
“Why are you buying one in which none of your paper stash fits?”
“Just why, really…?”
To which I would say:
Because of the binder…
Because of the paper size…
Oh, just because!
Time for a walk-through.
As I’ve already said, the cover looks as if the binder has been ‘lived in’ despite the description from the seller. There is the usual beautiful Mulberry tree on the front in the bottom right corner. The binder is obviously from the same range as the Mulberry planner I bought a while back (another reason I wanted it). I’m not a lover of the crocodile effect leather – on the pale green one I use at work it’s there but it’s more like crocodile tummy than crocodile back (if you know what I mean) and is bearable. In the agenda size, I find the crocodile-effect texture just too much.
Again, there are one or two dings in the leather but nothing drastic.
On the inside left, there is a set of three card slots (which had evidently never been used as they were still half sealed), with a half pocket behind. Behind that is a full height pocket (lined in beige fabric).
The ring diameter is 25mm and the mechanism clicks open and shut like a dream.
|Inside (and note - flat as a bat!)|
The back cover has a gusseted zipped pocket (again lined in beige fabric) with another full-height pocket behind.
The pen loop is all leather. It takes a Pilot 0.7mm point Frixion with ease. I would say that if the pen diameter is 1cm it will fit perfectly. The slim pens I use in my filofax (about 7-8mm diameter) are too slim for it.
Okay, so that kind of deals with why I wanted the binder… it matches my planner, the leather is gorgeous, the quality is stunning…
“So what about the paper?? Isn’t Mulberry paper completely different in size from all the other planners? In other words, completely different from all the other paper you have in all those boxes in your desk??”
And you know, that might just be perfect in some ways.
The paper is A6 in size. Which means it is a bit wider than filofax personal and a bit shorter. I have struggled with the personal/pocket divide at times. The pocket, with its shorter-wider ratio always feels more sensible on the eye than the taller-thinner format of the personal. But pocket is just too small sometimes. And personal is too big sometimes.
Here’s a comparison of the three sizes of binders next to each other. Left to right: pocket Cavendish, Mulberry agenda, personal Baroque.
|L-R: pocket FF, Mulberry agenda, personal FF|
And here is a comparison of the paper sizes. Again, left to right, pocket filofax, Mulberry agenda, personal filofax.
|L-R: Pocket, agenda, personal|
Why does A6 feel the right ratio?
Well, it could just be that it is in the same range as A4 and A5. I’m sure I’m teaching you all to suck eggs, but A6 is the size of half an A5 sheet. The A1, A2, A3 etc range is based on the ratio of 1:√2 and somehow this feels right when the personal filofax paper doesn’t.
The overall area is similar:
The agenda is 148mm x 105mm = 15 540mm2
The filofax personal is 171mm x 95mm = 16 245mm2
To be honest, there is plenty of space around the pages in the agenda so it could take slightly taller and wider paper if necessary.
But that would spoil the best reasons for buying it…
that you can buy cheap diaries – both page per day and week to view in A6 almost everywhere
and that you can print your own things 4 to an A4 page with no faffing about to make it fit.
“Yes, but isn’t the hole spacing weird?”
The three holes are the same spacing apart as filofax but the spacing between the two sets of three holes is 38mm as opposed to 50mm. However, I have a hole punch where you can vary the spacing between the sets of three and can adjust it to fit the Mulberry.
Have I now found the perfect organiser??
Only time will tell, but fear not, I will keep you updated. ☺