I'm sure you have seen comments on Philofaxy about the ability of different Filofax organisers to 'lay flat' But it got me thinking yesterday about why some organisers lay flatter than others. It is obviously something to do with their construction.
At the time I was carrying my Finsbury Slimline. I wondered was it because the interior of this particular model isn't all leather that makes it more supple than others therefore it can 'lay flat'. I jotted down a note to look in to this a bit more when I got home and put the thought to the back of my mind and got on with the job in hand of noting down how many south facing windows this particular house we were viewing had in its salon se jour (living room).
When we got back home again I grabbed my other Finsbury, a personal size one to compare it to the slimline, the interior looks similar, but the cover is much more stiff and it doesn't lay flat at all.
Now I could have just photographed the two, but in a static state the pictures wouldn't tell the full story, so I thought ah why not make a short video.
Apologies first, this was hastily put together last night using my compact digital camera and the office lighting, so the quality isn't that brilliant. But I think you will see it illustrates the point quite well.
First you will see the slimline and how well that just opens under its own weight and how easy the cover is to bend without causing it any permanent damage. Then the Personal Finsbury is put to the same test. It just won't open fully under it's own weight and it is quite full of paper.
I haven't done anything to either of these organisers in terms of 'training' them or extra polish they are both about the same age. The slimline has been used more than the personal, which might give it a slight advantage I suppose.
Anyway take a look at the video, which amusingly I thought about calling 'How Stiff Is Your Organiser!' but I think it might have caught the attention of the You Tube Censors for all the wrong reasons!
Hope you enjoyed that, I might try making some more videos, but I will look in to improving the lighting and the quality. I think I look like a failed magician, no rabbit appears from between the pages!