A question I have seen asked a couple of times before... You already have a Filofax punch for Personal size paper. But you have just bought an A5 and you are shocked at the price of an A5 metal punch....
Yes a standard punch works... but... you have to punch the page twice, once from each end. The three rings are spaced the same, but the distance between the two groups is bigger than personal size.
So to use a personal punch you need to mark your punch with a line or a paper label at the point 32 mm from the top or bottom hole of the page. The page will then be just beyond the centre of the punch
Insert the paper up to that line, punch, reverse the paper and repeat for the other end of the page.
The easiest way to work it out is to take a piece of Filofax A5 paper that already has the holes in it. Place it in the punch and align the punches with the three holes. Then put your label on the punch to mark, the edge of the page.
Then experiment with lots of scrap paper!!! use all edges of the pages to get it right!! It works, you just need to be patient and practice lots.
There are other punches other than the Filofax one. They have been mentioned before on here, but let's bring them together.
Filofax A5 punch
KW Trio 6 hole adjustable punch this punch will do A5, Personal and Pocket sizes Also available here
If you are in the US there is a Time Systems A5 punch for quite a reasonable price.
Also Bind do multiple size punches, see their website for details
Note the Rapseco 6 hole punch although adjustable does not work for A5, unless you use the method above
There is also the Filofax plastic portable 6 hole punch, but to be honest with you, you would be better off saving your money and getting the metal one. The plastic ones can only punch one sheet at a time and become blunt fairly quickly.
Punches sometimes become available on Ebay, but always check with the buyer what the size is, they often get confused and they aren't always Filofax experts like ourselves
Do you know of any other suitable punches in your part of the world? Please add a comment.