After a long break, I started journaling again at the beginning of the year. I had been using A5 notebooks because they fitted nicely in my leather TMI binder. The problem with the TMI binder is that it is big and awkward to carry. After a lot of thought and some experimentation, I decided to go with an A6 journal. I didn’t want to spend $50 on an experiment, so I bought some leather for $12 and made one.
I opted for A6 because there are reasonably priced, good quality A6 notebooks available. The refills made for the specialist upmarket journaling brands such as Travelers, Filofax, Field Notes, etc., are expensive and use proprietary sizes. Another good thing is that the A6 journal fits in my pocket at a push. I tried the Traveler’s passport size journal (I found a “faux traveler” for $14), and I liked it, but the cost of the refills made it impractical.
Seen here with my journal is one of my EDC (Everyday Carry) pens, the Pilot Metropolitan. Also shown are some pens I have had for a long time. The silver Parker was my father’s. The tortoiseshell pen and pencil must be 20-25 years old. The reddy-brown Waterman was a leaving present from my University staff colleagues back in 2008.
The whole lot are sitting on an A5 pad for scale.
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