A5 Filofax Holborn
A5 Filofax Holborn

I went back to using an A5 sometime in January. While I simply loved the Franklin Covey Boston Compact and the layout of the 2PPD diary, the size started to feel restrictive in terms of taking notes. So I went back to using my A5 Charleston, but felt like I wanted a change. One binder I really loved a lot in the Personal size was the Holborn. I have a brown Holborn and the leather is so amazingly soft & squishy. It’s a floppy binder (not stiff like the Osterly). The layout worked well for me too. So I ordered the A5 Holborn in black.

I must say I am a little disappointed. The leather is not at all soft. It’s a shiny black leather which doesn’t have the squishy feel at all. It’s also a lot stiffer than the Personal. You can see this in the picture above. And, the binder arrived with misaligned rings. Given that I live in the UAE and I had it delivered from the UK, sending it back is not really an option. 😦

I am using it at the moment and it’s not that bad, but I had really hoped for the same feel as the Personal. So I’ve ended up with a good-looking binder, but not exactly what I wanted.