19 February 2013

Free For All Tuesday No. 107

Tuesdays are your chance to ask any Filofax related questions you might have.

So fire away and we will collectively try to answer your questions or offer opinions.

30 comments:

  1. Please help--what can I use to clean and condition Filofaxes? The books all say that you must use a clear product on pebbled leather.
    My biggest fear is that the color will come off along with any dust. The pebbled leather I am referring to is the Finchley.

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    1. On my Finchley I use just regular clear leather wax for cleaning up the filofax. I have a Mustered Finchley and the color has not come off after cleaning. I also use the wax on my purple Malden. Also here, the color does not come off. The leather is more shining and looks great after treatment. It is an all purpse leather wax.

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    2. Any leather conditioner. It also can be treated with a tinted leather creme- or leather dye if color is your worry. Lately I´ve been using both lanolin and coconut oil on my Filofax.

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    3. I like Chaimberlin's Leather Milk.
      http://www.leather-milk.com/

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    4. I love the idea of a mustered Finchley; it sounds like a Filofax that's been rounded up!

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    5. I see lots of inquiries across all the Leather Planner boards and there are lots of wildly varied answers as well. I can only contribute based on my MANY hours of research and personal experience refurbishing vintage leather bags. Even the experts disagree on a few things but I repeatedly read that ph is a factor when finding a product for your leather. Saddle leather is ENTIRELY different than the finer leathers used in purses and planners, etc. So, the PH of Saddle soap is really wrong for archival use in caring for leather. There are gentler products on the market if one can find them. Also, animal oils and even vegetable based oils can go rancid over time and aren't recommended. I personally love the Obenaufs line of leather care products, Leather Therapy Brand, and Apple for gentle conditioning of delicate leathers (vachetta, etc) Hope that helps.

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  2. So how does one talk oneself OUT of buying more Filofaxes?! LOL

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    1. Only by talking oneself into joining an expedition to an internetless part of the Gobi desert!
      Helen
      Who is awaiting the delivery of a Panama Pocket and an A5 Luxe!

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    3. Hahahahah! You jokester, you!

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    4. 'Tis an affliction without a cure.

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    5. possibly by putting all credit cards in the freezer...maybe

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    6. Hahaha yes, maybe freezing the cards could slow it down... I've only got 2 so far, but there are SO many I keep coming across it's SO HARD not to buy more!!

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  3. For fun: what should Filofax's new advertising strap line be?
    I vote for the already much used phrase in our house ( best said through slightly clenched teeth and with a tone of outraged despair):
    'It's NOT just another notebook!'

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    1. My thought is

      .... Because people are analog, not digital.

      :)

      Tracy

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    2. Batteries are not required....!

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    3. I'm with Tracy. Because people are analogue, not digital (their British campaign!) ;)

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    4. Yes! "Because people are analog, not digital"

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    5. "You dont need a universal charging cable!!!"

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  4. Which goes hand in hand with and is a nice follow through to (just in case the outraged despair gets poo poo'd out of hand) "I..Do..Too Need //them//!"

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  5. Do you think sales of the Ikat were not as anticipated?? I just received this from Filofax '50% OFF TEMPERLEY FOR FILOFAX: IKAT'
    I, for one, will not be taking advantage of their generous offer.

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    1. I opened my 50% Filofax email with excitement... only to scrub it seconds later!

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    2. I thought maybe they were offering to PAY me 50% of retail price to walk around with one, but no.. mind you I would still have declined their offer!

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  6. BTW have people noticed the Spring Clean Sale now on at City Organiser?
    http://www.cityorganiser.co.uk/

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  7. Valentine's gift finally arrived yesrpterday. A red personal lizard skin FILO, which I believe is only available in the US. It's a bit rough in the same area front and back...boyfriend want s to know if I want to exchange it, but we both assume its because of the leather. Wondering what kind of cleaner or leather conditioner I should use...The roughness is a vertical line that runs on both the front and back of the FILO toward the clasp area.

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  8. Michele,
    I had a personal lizard and it had no such lines/roughness. I advise returning.

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  9. Wishful thinking, but does anyone know where I could find a Personal Size "Extra Slim" Guildford? I saw one on Pens&Leather and it's listed as "out of stock-discontinued". It is listed as .25 inch narrower and I see that unlike the regular Guildford slimline it lacks a pen loop. Looks ideal for suit-jacket-pocket-carry and I'd love to have one, even if just to use as a notebook who's pages can pop right into my personal or FC Compact binders.

    See here for the pens and leather page: http://www.pensandleather.com/filofaxguildfordleatherextraslimpersonalorganizerblack.aspx

    Thanks for any tips!

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    1. Josh, I have a Slimline Kensington in black, circa late 1980s I think, which I will be selling. No pen loops and ideal for a jacket pocket. Im selling it because I have condensed everything into my Personal, as I fly at least 4 flights a week and I need everything in one place. If you are interested, let me know.

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