The Crazy Suburban Mom: Arthur C. Clark: On Pen Loop Unpredictability

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Arthur C. Clark: On Pen Loop Unpredictability

The only Filofaxes I have left from the clearance sale are the Mini Piazza in yellow and the Pocket Rio in pink.  The Rio has been my wallet for at least a month and it works perfectly.  I've gone back and forth about selling the Piazza because I'd need a electron microscope to read what is written on those crazy-tiny pages.  Really, it's more  a File-ette then a Filofax.  

But I'm trying  hard to declutter my life, really hard.  I want to create space for what works and not hoard things because the colors are so pretty.  So I'll give it a shot as a wallet and see.  If it's at least possible, I'll keep it if not, it has to go.  

Here's the entire filo - family.  

... Like a wildflower bouquet, right?

The mini Piazza holds it's own as far as the billfold slot goes and stuffed, it's fatter then the Rio (unstuffed) but the overall size is shorter... and not as wide.

I wanted to see if my pink pen, Jayne Mansfield,  would fit in the mini like it does in the pocket (admittedly a tight squeeze) but I had zero luck stuffing in the Da-Voon pink fountain pen in the mini.   

Just as an FYI - Jayne fits in both the larger front loop and the smaller back loop on the A5 Finsbury.  It seems the pocket Rio loop is the same, or about the same, size as the back Finsbury loop.

The Bic Brite Liner fits in the back loop (and therefore the front one too because it's the bigger of the two) if you're wanting some day-glo highlighter action. 

I went though a lot of my pens to see what could go in a mini and found a few that do fit the Piazza loops; the Uni-ball Signo Sparkling Glitter Gel Ink Pen,  the Miffy scented pens, and Hi-Tec C Gel pens in 0.25.  They are a little long (as you can see, above) but the fit well enough so everything stays together in my purse.  None of them are retractable.  I prefer a pen that just clicks open but perhaps being retractable adds to the width... My favorite Gel Pen is the  Uni-Ball 207 Gel pens  and they are no where near fitting.  I throw them in my purse anyway because ♥ them .

I came up with two ball point pens because sometimes you need one.   The Uni-ball Power Tank Ballpoint  and Vera Bradley Ballpoint are a bit big so only fit in the front loop of an A5 but they do fit well.  

The Kuretake No. 13 Fountain Brush Pen is a nice choice because it's lovely and perfect for on-the-go art (front loop only). 

 The  Sakura Pigma Micron fits the back loop if you're looking for something permanent.

Two more permanent liners; the Pilot Zing and Staedtler Pigment Liner, both fit in the front loop only.

The Uni-ball Signo non-retractable Gel Ink Pens  fit all Filofax sizes I have, making it a great choice because I can move it from one Filofax to another.

 There are other colors, with and without glitter, making it a really good all around pen.   I prefer pens without caps but because I can move this one between all my Filofaxes it might be the best option.

Filofax loops are a mystery and vary  in the most unpredictable ways. As Arthur C. Clarke said “All human plans are subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.” 

And in the Universe of pen loops, Filofax rules supreme.


Josh 7/26/12, 6:55 PM  

Hmmmph. The angst of pens to fit the pen loops on the filofax you love. Terrible ordeal. My personal Malden was the worst offender. The loop was so small that only quite narrow pens would fit. The Domino's fully elastic loop is the most adaptable. Another sign that the planets align when I use my Cavendish, the small loop fit most any regular pen or pencil, and the big loop fits my 4 color Coleto pen, my Lamy Safari, and my 4 color bic. I specially bought a mini pen for my mini Windsor filofax, and found that the pen, which is the only pen small enough to fit the tiny loop, is so small that the loop does not hold the pen securely. The whole thing is maddening and you seem to have approached it with a good deal more patience than I am able to muster. I will swap back into my perfect Cavendish and hope it will last indefinitely as I do not believe that Filofax will ever come up with a better design for my needs.

Josh 7/26/12, 10:51 PM  

By the way, I cannot get over how much I love that Emerald Finsbury. Actually, all three of these binders you discussed look amazing together. I see that emerald finsbury in various sizes is available from the Filofax France site. Shipping is absurd. But I just love that color! I saw on the Pens&Leather site that they will shortly have an orange Osterley, which looks just lush and amazing. But I'm not buying more planners!

I might slide on over to Goulet Pens and buy a pink pen like yours. I love shocking pink almost as much as bright green! This post is just gorgeous to look at! Lovely pictures

EmmaNoey 7/28/12, 11:06 PM  

Great colors, I love the bright and happy look. For a pen, have you looked at Cross? I wanted a multi pen and couldn't find another Rotring chrome executive, and I came across the Cross versions. The tech 3 version fits great in my pocket malden and it has a .5 mm pencil and two pen colors. It came with red and black, but I got refills in green, pink, turquoise, purple, brown and a different blue from Monteverde. Because of course i needed them . . . Anyway, the tech 3 has a lot of good reviews and I really like mine. Just want to say I enjoy reading your blog.

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