Okay, so I only have 3 and may not be the best person to um, make a comparison. And they are all made with PU (not real leather) material. There were not that many real leather Filofaxes available the last I checked Kinokuniya (Malaysia) and the ones that are being sold are really, really expensive.
Anyway, I have been rotating the 3 precious Filofaxes in my possession and have come to a conclusion that my favourite is the Raspberry Saffiano (in personal size).
I like that there are not too many card slots on the front flap and that I can slip another fat pen on the back flap. I don’t use the slots much because I don’t like inserting anything too bulky that it creates a bumpy surface in the background when I write.
The elastic pen loop has been widened enough to take a Uni Style Fit multi-3 pen. It still won’t fit most pens with a rubberised grip at the bottom although the pens are slimmer. That loop creates too much resistance against rubber or silicon material for some reason.
Saffiano actually refers to the cross-hatch finish in the stamping method on leather or non-leather products. It usually goes through a wax treatment making the leather product more durable and scratch resistant. I’m not sure of the Filofax Saffiano (being PU material) actually undergoing any such treatment but I do like the cross-hatch design and I think it is pretty hardy. I’ve gotten a few ink stains on it before and it wiped off without issues. Unlike the stains on my Patent Compact, which won’t come off.
The Raspberry shade is also very nice. It’s not too bright and not too dull. I won’t say it is a true raspberry though, it’s more a plummy-purple to me. And I like that bright fuchsia polyester lining, which I think compliments the main colour very well.
The material has a certain squishiness about it and I can now understand why so many folks out there place importance on planner squishability. It’s just so much more comfortable to hold something soft against you. Not that I go around hugging my planners all day.
I hope you found this mini review of my favourite Filofax useful. It comes in 4 different sizes; A5, Personal, Compact and Pocket, and I think 4 different colours but the Filofax UK website only shows 3. The one missing is in Aqua and oh, I hope they didn’t discontinue it because I want that colour in A5 so bad.
So, do you use a Saffiano and in which size and colour? If you have one, how do you like it? If you don’t have one, will you consider getting it? Do pop in a share your thoughts.