[Full Disclosure: We would like to thank Claire at SlamPr for arranging the loan of this Filofax Organiser for us to review.]
This was the first time I had been able to handle and examine a Holborn in some detail and get beyond the first impression in a shop. In this review I'm comparing it alongside my own Filofax Malden personal organiser in Ochre.
The leather of the Holborn is very similar to that of the Malden, both being described as 'Buffalo Leather' But the Malden does feel more supple and soft. I think this is down to the differences in the interior design, which we will come to in a moment.
The Holborn is a more matt finish than the Malden, I think the difference between the two shows up quite noticeable in these exterior photographs.
The Holborn has uses a smaller clasp compared to the Malden, it is the same size and design as used in a Finsbury and other similar leather Filofax organisers.
Whilst the design of the Holborn from certain angles looks plainer than the Malden, but overall they are balanced because of the way they have added the cover over the spine and the stitching details included.
When looked at from above you can see that the Holborn is slightly squarer in profile compared to the Malden. Both of the Holborn and Malden personal organisers are fitted with 23 mm (internal) diameter rings.
Internally the Holborn reminds me very much of the Cuban in it's internal design. It has the same number of card slots and the pocket layouts.
There are slot pockets on the outside and inside on the left hand side. On the right hand side there is a slot pocket and a zip pocket as well. The single pen loop is a leather and is elasticated
If the need for multiple pockets for holding tickets and documents are you requirement then the Holborn Personal will not disappoint, although the converse will be 'now which pocket did I put my theatre tickets in' could be an issue!
One interesting observation, which might convince you I need to get out more... I could not find a quality control mark anywhere on the Holborn. If you have ever got your magnifying glass out and looked closely at your Filofax personal organiser, you will normally find this on the inside of the leather clasp.
Here is the one on the Malden, 'SEW' in this particular case. I will one day list the codes on all of my Maldens, I will get my coat!
I enjoyed my short time with the Holborn, if it wasn't for the Malden I would certainly consider the Holborn as a suitable and comparable Filofax Organiser.
Amanda at Paper Pens and Ink also recently did a review about her Holborn. And you can see pictures of Zoe's pair of Holborns on her blog
Again thank you to Claire at Slam PR for arranging the loan of this Filofax personal organiser.