23 July 2010

Free For All Friday No. 88

Philofaxy reader @MsLogica on Twitter asked for recommendations on what pens everyone prefers to use in our Filofaxes.  A pen limitation is what size barrel will fit in your Filofax's pen loop!

I usually use a Bic 4-color pen, and hook the clip on the pen loop.  I like to color-code, and having the 4-in-1 pen with me all the time is convenient.

What pen(s) do you prefer using with your Filofax?

And as always on Fridays, the floor is yours for anything Filofax-related.

Happy Philofaxing!  :)


  1. I've only had my Filofax for a few weeks, but I'm using a Sharpie fine point pen, it fit perfectly in the loop. I wanted one of the pens they sell on the Filofax site, but they're too expensive for something I can lose so easily.

  2. Thanks for posting this, Laurie :) While I'm deciding what pen to use in my Filofax, I've been using a Sailor fountain pen (http://www.jetpens.com/product_info.php/cPath/214_837/products_id/4548). It wedges into the pen holder bit nice and tight!

    I like the idea of using a Sharpie though, Kassy. I don't think I want to use a fountain pen in there forever, it'd be annoying whenever it ran out of ink.


  3. There's only ever been one choice for me since i started Filofaxing many many years ago, and that's the wonderful Pentel Automatic Pencil (P205). You can rub anything out, it's styish and functional, it looks smart enough no matter the situation, and cheap enough to not worry too much about loosing them.

    Since switching to a personal Kendal last year I have a small barrell black ink pen from David Allen's GTD conference, but that's more to have at hand for forms and drawing lines on grid paper!

  4. I've always been using automatic pencils. Currently it's the very cheap BIC pencil that comes in various candy colours and with a perfect eraser!
    However, I recently got my hand on a Lamy ink roller pen, and I love it! So now I keep both with my Filo. The A5 Finsbury has 2 pen loops, a smaller (pencil) and a fatter one, which could never hold the Lamy, but it can be clipped to the loop.
    For my Mini Filo I bought a filofax mini pen. It's surprisingly heavy, but it writes nicely and it looks so good!

  5. Yes, the Sharpie is awesome - and it doesn't leak onto the next page. I purchased a banged up Yard O Led pencil - cleaned it up - and voila it looks awesome - and being an Anglophile - both coming from the old sod - well - brown/tan Winchester with silver Yard O Led- sigh. I almost look forward for more work so as to enter it into my book

  6. The Fisher "bullet pen" (with a clip) or Spacepen is a favorite of mine.
    The point is probably too broad for most people. (I dont have penmanship, I scribble notes.)

    I recently got a Filofax twist pen and I'm not sure if going to be something I use on a long term basis or not. I like it being heavy and it matching my binder, but I've been a fan of Fisher pens for a long time.

  7. I normally use Muji gel pens, 0.5mm or 0.38mm in navy, dark red, dark green and purple. I alternate between those colours. And the flow of these gel pens are exceptional too :)

    They are quite cheap too and refills can be bought. plus, they actually fit in the loop!

  8. I use a Pentel Graph Gear 1000 mechanical pencil. I ended up switching to pencil because none of my favorite (and fat) pens would fit in the loop, however now I am HOOKED on the convenience of pencil.

    Keeps my Filo much neater : )

  9. I agree with Ewan, the Pentel P205 is unbeatable. I use a 3H lead, it makes a dark enough line but doesn't smear. I cary a Micron Pen also in either .2 or .5. The ink is archival, waterproof and they last a long time.


  10. I use a Bic Round Stic which is pretty much just a black pen. I dislike sharpies and hate pencils (they make the squeaky sound when you write) So I stick to what works. :)

  11. I've recently been spoiled by the fountain pen bug, which would be fine except fountain pen ink doesn't work very well on the white diary pages, and there are so few cotton cream options - so I get a bit frustrated by that. I'm using a couple of cheap but nice fountain pens I got from
    They have a few models that are slim enough to fit ok in my Scanda personal. They all come with fine nibs and work quite well. My latest pen from them cost only $15. I used to use a Pilot G2 0.5, and I also have a Cross Tech3 with black/red/pencil

  12. As I manage a shop that sells Filofax and Pens (The Pen Shop), I am shocked as to how many of you are using cheap pens in your organisers. I couldn't pick up my lovely organiser and see it with a throw away pen in the loop. Maybe I am a snob about this but you cant beat a high quality pen for in your organiser.

  13. Just noticed... the Pocket Lyndhurst is no longer available in UK or France. It was the only zipped organiser in Pocket size... you can still buy it in the US.

    There is also a zipped organiser in Mini the Finsbury.

    Should we expect to see a new zipped Pocket?

    I will update the file list for UK and France soon...


  14. Last year, I would carry both my Pentel mechanical pencil and my Pilot V5 (purple) in my Pocket Finsbury.
    This year though, I'm only carrying one writing instrument. It was another Pilot, the G-Tec C4, also in purple, but have just recently switched to a Muji 0.38 Gel Pen in purple as well.
    I must say I am really liking the Muji, and I think I will stick with it for a long time.
    Oh and in my Mini I also carry a Pilot G-Tec C4, in blue.

  15. In case you didn't spot it... there's a new page at the top of the blog... Filofax suppliers...

    Warning as if you didn't realise it already... visiting that page could seriously damage your bank account.....!


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