In this part I will be turning now to brands available in Germany and Holland I'm very grateful to Jotje and Iris of Filomaniac for the details of these sites. I will also pick out a couple of other sites that have also been recommended.
BSB-Obpacher is a German company and they have their 'Timeplaner' range. Looking at the whole range, it's interesting that some of the design themes and styles are similar. In common with other companies they use the designation of A6 to be the equivalent of Personal size and A7 to be Pocket size, although these sizes are not the same as the ISO paper sizes.
This is their A5 Week on Two pages. This looks like it will fit a variety of binders due to the slotted paper holes.
This is their 'A6' Week on Two Pages, the paper size is very close to Filofax Personal size, in fact it's a couple of millimetres smaller.
website is in German or English :-) be sure to check it out to see the whole range.
Chronoplan another German company, which appears to be part of the Avery Group of companies. They have diary inserts in the following sizes:
- A4 - A4 Filofax with 4 holes
- A5 - A5 Filofax with slotted holes which look like they will fit A5 Filofax
- Midi - Personal Size Filofax
- Mini - Pocket Size Filofax
Herlitz a long established company based in Berlin, like their other counterparts they use the following size designations:
- A5 = Filofax A5 size
- A6 = Filofax Personal size
- A7 = Filofax Pocket size
- A8 = Filofax Mini size
Their A5 refill vertical week on two pages, it includes a small task area at the foot of weekdays.
They also do a horizontal A7 (Pocket) refill, which looks like it would work well compared to a traditional vertical format.
website for the full details of all of their range.
Time/System an international company, I looked at the UK website for the following information. They do organisers in the following sizes along with diary inserts:
- Business = Filofax A5
- Compact = Filofax Personal, although the page size is 10 mm narrower than Filofax
- Partner = Filofax Pocket, although the page size is 5 mm narrower and 10 mm taller than Filofax.
I was also not able to verify the hole spacing of their inserts. However, check out their website if you are interested in seeing the range when it becomes available. Their catalogue will also be available in October.
Succes are a Dutch company, but their website seems to adapt it self to your location automatically!
There sizes for organisers and refills are as follows:
- Mini = Filofax Mini
- Junior = Filofax Pocket
- Standard = Filofax Personal
- Executive A5 = Filofax A5
- Business A4 = Filofax A4
Bind a German company, although the site has an English option too. They use similar sizing to other companies in Germany:
- A4 = Filofax A4
- A5 = Filofax A5
- A6 = Filofax Personal
- A7 = Filofax Pocket
Davinci from Japan, now you will need the help of Google Chrome for this one, unless you understand Japanese? But it is worth installing Chrome just to see the refills available on this site. They are excellent in terms of quality and their design.
They have A5, Bible (Personal) and Pocket sizes. You will find their refills here You will notice that the refills are undated, so you can mix and match the formats depending on how busy your month/week/day is.
Of course you will have to factor in delivery costs and any import duties on any of these goods, but it might be worth it if you can get the format you have been looking for.
In the next part I will go on to cover some of the Filofax own brand options for diary inserts, signposting some of the unusual ones in different countries.