05 December 2012

Faber-Castell organiser review

In this previous post, Steve discussed other brands of ring bound organisers and I found that I hadn't heard of most of them. As mentioned on my own blog, I have recently agreed with Cult Pens to write some reviews for them and I jumped at the chance to receive a Faber-Castell organiser to cover for Philofaxy. Wikipedia says that the company is one of the world's largest manufacturers of pens, pencils, office and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments and luxury leather goods. I'd only heard of the brand due to browsing lovely pens and pencils online (normally out of my budget range) and had no idea that they made organisers as well. More details can be found here about the company. Thank you to Cult Pens for supplying this review sample free of charge for me to post about.

This model is the pocket organiser in orange patent Italian calfskin leather, and it also comes in other colours and sizes. The first thing that I noticed when removing the organiser from the box is the colour! I love the intense orange, but I'm aware that it might not be to everyone's tastes and it may be more aimed at female customers.




I was trying to think of how to explain exactly what the colour is like and then remembered we had some oranges:


These organisers lie flat out of the box as the spine is made from a separate stitched piece, and I think this is something that Filofax could consider more in their design process as 'flatability' makes a big difference as you're all aware. The brand name is embossed into the leather and on the press stud, and the clasp feels bigger to me than on most Filofaxes, but I like it. The spine and the interior are made from non-patent black leather, and I like the contrast as it may have been a bit much all in bright orange.

On the left there are six credit card pockets (cards fit in vertically) with a full-length pocket behind. and the left-hand side has one pen loop which will accept full-size pens! (yes, you read that right)


One thing that struck me when opening this was that the paper size seems small in comparison to the size of the organiser. I think this is as more space is needed to accommodate the larger sized pen loop. For a comparison, the dimensions are 110mm x 155mm, compared with a pocket Malden at 115mm x 147mm.


And onto that pen loop... I searched through all my pens, trying different ones in turn and they all fit including my Lamy Safari fountain pen! This may be a bit of a revelation for any owners out there trying in vain to squeeze their favourite pen into the normal skinny Filofax loops. You can see that the extra space means that my Lamy fits well and doesn't poke out of the bottom or the top.




Inserts included are a transparent flyleaf, a ruler, year overview calendar, 2 pages to the month diary, address book (ruled A-Z sheets) and ruled paper.




I have small writing but think that 2 pages to the month would be too limiting, so I picked up a cheap Collins week on 2 pages and that looks much more usable. The paper size is 81mm x 120mm, so normal pocket Filofax refills will fit.


I could see the Faber-Castell working well as a wallet-organiser combo with the inclusion of a zip-lock envelope or pouch and maybe an additional credit card holder insert. My only concern is how well the patent leather would cope with being chucked into a bag regularly or being used on a daily basis. I like the styling of this organiser which feels modern with its simple lines, and that it lies flat out of the box and can accommodate any pen in the loop.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review Anita. I am really tempted by the Faber Castell organisers, mainly for the "flatability" aspect. They look great too, although I would probably go for the non-patent leather version. I was surprised to see that Filofax are now selling these in the Conduit Street store!

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    1. You're welcome. I recently visited the Conduit Street store, but didn't have a proper look around but would have been surprised to see other brands of organiser.

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    2. They're hidden away in the back of a locked cabinet at the back of the shop! I guess that because the shop has entered into some sort of partnership with Faber-Castell that they sell the whole range of their products, as well as the pens etc.

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  2. That looks lovely. gorgeous colour, will have to look into them :-)

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  3. I am not normally a big fan of orange, but wow I adore this colour!!!Love the big button's style too. A very comprehensive review. Thank you. xx

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  4. That is lovely! I love orange - my orange Finsbury is one of my absolute favourites. And the rest of it looks nice too.

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  5. PS I would describe the colour as tangerine, if your orange is an orange orange ;)

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    1. I think I agree with you on the tangerine as my orange was quite orangey in colour :)

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  6. I really like the way it looks, what is the paper quality like? I would love something a bit heavier than filofax refills.. everything shows through!

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  7. I want to buy a full set of cream filofax A5 insets, do you know where I can just buy the set? Thank you

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