'How well will it wear with use' is a common question we read in comments after writing reviews on different Filofax and other brands of organisers. It is also something that I know Robert wants to add to FiloWiki too, so these photos have been shared with him too.
Earlier in the year I bought a lightly used Filofax Cavendish and you can read the review I did and the photos that go with it.
But I've also been recently donated a used example of the Cavendish by one of our readers. I gave a suitable donation to Chimwemwe as a thank you.
This example appeared to have been used quite a bit and from the outside you will see there are a few scuffs on the leather, nothing serious though. But I thought before I start work with leather care balms and polishes I would photograph it exactly as I received it, so you could see the differences between the two organisers.
So this first picture is of the 'used' one, no tears just every day usage scuffs really. The zip works just perfectly. No loose stitching. The popper holds as securely as ever too.
Here is the virtually new one, it doesn't have the same sort of 'shine' from being handled as much as the used one has. Both were photographed under the same lighting conditions too.
The comparison of the two will show better in this photo together.
The interior of the used one shows how well it is holding up. The only obvious thing is the indentations from the 30mm rings.
Even the lightly used one has some indentations but not as pronounced.
Now this was a pleasant surprise, the used one lays flatter than the virtually unused one at the bottom of the picture. And I know we all like our organisers to lay flat. So over time the Cavendish does get more supple.
This is the used one after a quick treatment of Wheelers Leather Care balm, I will give it another treatment in a few weeks time.
The Cavendish has some sort of stiffener material between the leather in the covers which most probably explains why it has retained it's shape so well.
So do you like your organisers to look used or like new?