During my visit at Staples today (one of the many bonuses of being self-employed is a company pass to Staples …), I discovered the A5 Oxford International Notebook. It immediately caught my attention, because it had pre-punched pages. Would it actually fit an A5 Filofax, I wondered? Luckily, I had mine with me and could check it out immediately. Bingo! Perfect fit!
Because the paper looked and felt so nice, I bought it for “investigation purposes”.
The notepad comes with 80 sheets of 80 gsm paper.
Upon opening I saw that it was multi-punched in order to fit a variety of A5 binders (Filofax being one of them). The page also has a very interesting grid layout. Ideal for taking notes during meetings or phone calls. The left-hand small column could be used to note down the date of a To-Do, then the right-hand small column for the date when the To-Do has been finished. Just a thought …
The top and bottom row has some sort of added grid, maybe to be able to add vertical lines? Here is a close-up of that grid:
The pages itself are micro-perforated and are easily removed from the notepad, without that typical “feathered” look of perforated pages. Nicely done!
The pages fit nicely in the rings of my Filofax. The page size itself is identical to the A5-Filofax pages.
However, the punched holes are a little bit off. Filofax have the holes punched more towards the edge of the paper. Therefore, the pages appear a bit narrower compared to Filofax inserts:
Honestly, I couldn’t care less!
Because next was the fountain pen test. Since the paper feels very smooth and substantial, I had high hopes.
Here is the result of my fountain pens:
Curious how the reverse side is looking?
That’s right! Where the Filofax pages typically show major bleed-through, there isn’t even the slightest show through of the ink on this paper! I’m totally in love!
Here is the rear cover with information about the company:
They also produce a wide range of very nice bound notebooks in various sizes with 90 gsm paper! And even with purple lines …!
Thank you Jotje for another excellent review