When Filofax UK kindly replaced the Holborn (due to faulty rings), its perfect replacement just sat on my bookshelf storing inserts. I'd pick it up, stroke it and say to myself, "What a lovely filo, why aren't I using it?" And then I'd put it back. After a while, the thought popped into my head that it's because 'it isn't a Malden'. Sadly the Holborn and I just didn't bond as I'm sure some of you might understand. I briefly considered an orange A5 Osterley, but based on my past experience I think its non-Malden-ness would have been an issue.
I put a wanted ad on Adspot asking to swap for either an ochre or purple A5. When the lovely Johanne came forward with an offer of the vintage pink, I snapped it up as I wasn't sure if anyone would want to part company with the other colours. Hang on a minute, didn't I own a vintage pink A5 before?? Oh yes, I did. I've come full circle and now have two filos that I've owned previously and either sold or returned. Rather than thinking it a bit silly, I've decided that it proves how they're the right ones for me (well, that's how I've justified all this messing about).
The added bonus in all of this is that I much prefer the leather on this A5 to my previous one. It's drier and a bit more creased, and I am one happy bunny.
The lesson that I've learnt? When I own so few Filofaxes, each of them need to be used and there isn't any space for ones that count as only 'alright'. In the past, I've owned many things that weren't right because I didn't feel comfortable spending more money on exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately I've wasted both time and money this way, so when it comes to Filofaxes I'm delighted that I've finally found my way home to Malden again.