However, a few days later, I happend to find this absolutely stunning Vintage Filofax on Ebay. I got it at a fairly low price. Yes, it's old. Yes, it's personal sized and I already of plenty of them. Yes, it's plain old boring black. However .......
It's got 30 mm HUGE rings!!!!
It's in fact the Personal Portland Grand!
Now, I've (briefly) owned a Portland before. That one was burgundy-red, had the regular 23 mm rings, but it hadn't been used very much before. Thus, it was still a bit stiff.
This one however, has been used before, and lovingly so! The leather is unbelievably soft, it's exactly how I always imagined the Eton leather to be (though I never touched or seen one in the flesh to be honest). The leather of the Portland is smooth and squishy and very nice to the touch!
|Comparison between Kensington to the left and Portland to the right|
The layout is rather unusual. The Portland has the zipped pocket on the left, and the nicely shaped six creditcard slots on the right.
|It's really black, trust me!|
And did you notice the fact that it has TWO penloops? If you are a regular-sized-pen-user, you would be most pleased! The penloops are full leather and have stitched edges. But if you - like me - love Lamy Fountain pens, you'll discover that those are too fat for the loops. Then again, besides the fully elasticated penloops of say a Domino, those Lamy fatties won't fit anything anyway ...
The reason why I'm so excited about the 30 mm rings, is that I am using a Personal sized binder (Kensington until now) for the diary inserts of my kid's journals. Until today, I could only fit in 8 months worth of WO2P per kid. NOW, my friends, I can insert FOUR FULL YEARS of weekly inserts, and still have room to slip my Pocket Moleskine cahier in the back (behind the cardslots).
|One fat puppy!|
|Each kid has his/her own tab!|
Another striking feature about the rings - regardless their hugeness - is the craftmanship. I have never ever seen rings that aligned so perfectly! In fact, it's hard to see where one side of the ring ends and the other starts. Also the sound when opening the rings is differently, all you hear is a soft "pop" and they are open.
I really wished Filofax would return to that quality of the ring mechanism. All the currently reported ring problems would be a sure thing of the past!
|Futile attempt to show you the ring perfection!|
Well, I hope you enjoyed the review of this truly amazing Filofax binder. Make sure to visit eBay regularly, if you would like to own one yourself!
P.S. And don't forget to vote in the latest Philofaxy Awards!