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A Review of the Filofax Original Patent A5 Organiser

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I am an internet marketing professional and a big user of organisers. This Filofax is one of my favourites.

The Filofax Original Patent A5 Organiser has a classic design.

The Filofax Original Patent A5 Organiser has a classic design.

A Classic Filofax

Filofax, perhaps one of the finest creators of organisers, has created a classic organiser with the intent of giving us a simple yet old-school style inspired by their first organisers. This organiser is known as the Original Organiser Patent, and I will be reviewing the Purple A5 Original Organiser Patent today.

This review will cover all aspects of the organiser, from its lavish leather cover to the kinds of pages you will get with it. This review is 100% honest and consists entirely of my own opinions. I have taken as many photos as I could because I want you, the reader, to get a good feel for this organiser. I can blab on all day, but a single picture does all the talking.

I am a big user of organisers as they help plan my day, workload and what I should do. I also have all my contacts and handy to-do lists whenever I need them. For each year, you will have to decide on what kind of organiser you should get. This organiser is one of my favourites, as you will see below, and hopefully this review will help you decide on whether or not this organiser is for you.


A Brief Introduction to the Original Patent

But before I delve into the depths of this organiser, I would like to give you some background information:

  • Made in the UK: One very positive thing about the manufacturing of this organiser is that it was made in the UK. This is a fantastic advantage over any other organiser as it was made locally in the UK.
  • Real Leather Cover: The cover is made of thick leather. The leather is quite soft yet with a sense of firmness and really appeals to your sense of touch. I love even holding this organiser as it is so smooth. Anyway, at first sight, the leather is a huge thumbs up from me.
  • Colour Options: This particular organiser (the Original Patent) is available in three colours; black, fuchsia and purple. The Original is also available in Flouro Pink, Green, Yellow and Brown. The colours are very vivid yet add a stylish look to the organiser. The purple and fuchsia colours are perfect for women whilst the black is suitable for both men and women.
  • Classic Look: Filofax has designed this organiser with a classic mix of simplicity and 1980s style, yet it keeps a modern look. That's a mouthful, but it's really a great combination.

What I Love....

One of the things I love about this organiser is the fact that it lies flat by itself. One of the most annoying things I have found with organisers is that when you open them, they close again, and the only way you can get them to lie flat is through constant use. With this, on its first opening, it lies flat.


The Cover

When you purchase your Filofax, it will come in a plastic cover which protects it. Once you take off this cover, you will see the leather cover. The first thing that strikes me is the colour and the softness of the leather. It just doesn't feel like your usual leather, there is something more special about it. It has a good mix of firmness and softness, which has really impressed me. It also has a natural sheen and hand-sewn stitching on the sides. The purple is also visually appealing, I love it!

The leather strap with the button that seals the organiser shut has a gel-capped finish and has the words "The Original est 1921" on it. This really gives the organiser an authentic feel. It's time to open it up now.


The First Pages

There are a lot of things going on when you open up this organiser. On the left-hand side, there are three straps, two for pens and one for your phone (or credit cards). There is also more print to the bottom of this saying that this organiser was made in the UK, it is made of real leather and extra details.

The design is quite simplistic and kept to a minimum, so there are no extra pockets or credit card holders. There is a plastic pocket on the back, but you will have to buy a credit card holder if you want to include more cards in this. At least the design is uncluttered and not in your face. I quite like that.

The block of pages within this organiser begins with a durable plastic sheet and another "Made in the UK" page.

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Kinds of Paper

This organiser boasts a very extendable range of paper. There are so many kinds of paper you can write on, including:

  • Lined Paper: Are you a note-taker? This paper is perfect for anyone who needs some space to write down anything they want, from notes to extra bits of information.
  • Square Paper: This paper is perfect for maths students. You will have plenty of room to solve your algebraic expressions and geometric calculations.
  • Blank Paper: Are you an artist? Whenever inspiration strikes, there are many pages for you to sketch to your heart's content.
  • Blue-Coloured Paper: My favourite colour is blue as it signals calm, peace and tranquillity. The blue coloured colour here is a beautiful light shade, almost like the ocean.
  • Green-Coloured Paper: That's right, more colour! Variety is the spice of life, as they say, and this is no exception. It is a bright shade of green.
  • Pink-Coloured Paper: A beautiful medium shade of pink is also to be found in this organiser.

Extra Inserts

There are all sorts of other inserts you can get for this A5 Filofax, including:

  • Cream-coloured paper
  • Expenses
  • Finances
  • Meeting planner
  • Quadrile paper (graph)
  • Jot pads

Inserts and Pages

No organiser is complete without its many kinds of pages, right? You know, contacts, to-do lists and so on. There are all sorts of pages included in the planner that I find extremely handy, such as:

  • Calendars: Get a quick view of the current year, the past year and the next year.
  • To-Do Lists: Perfect for any tasks you need to do.
  • Contacts: For all your contacts in one place. The contacts pages include name, address, telephone, email and mobile number.
  • Personal Information: For your contact information, health info, etc., it's all here. Plus, you get it with the advantage of five languages, a language a page including English, Spanish, French, Italian and German. That is perfect for learning a language (I'm learning Spanish and know French, so that's handy for my learning!)
  • Country Info: For currencies, capitals, phone numbers and national holidays, you will have plenty of info on each country.
  • Religious Festivals: This page includes religious holidays and their dates for major world religions.
  • Extra Information: For all that super handy information that you need at your fingertips, such as converting temperature, capacity, mass, weight, area, length and so on. Plus, get notable dates for the coming year, average temperatures for many cities across the globe, clothing sizes in other countries and a full page on everything you need to know about time and the seasons.

You can decorate these pages with aesthetic stickers, washi tape or even illustrations in order to add a unique twist to it! This resource provides a list of aesthetic washi tapes you can make use of in order to decorate your planner or use it for filling in certain days and so forth. These have really been rising in popularity lately, with many using cute washi tapes to decorate their pages.

Overall, I have found these pages to be extremely handy and concise, giving me extra info when I need it. Those pages that Filofax has provided within their organiser are a thumbs up from me.


The Diary

The most important part of a Filofax is its diary, where you can plan your day and appointments etc. The diary within the Original Patent A5 is the week on two pages diary (multilanguage).

Each day of the week has one column except for Saturday and Sunday where they each get half a column. Each day is also printed in four other languages (Spanish, French, Italian and German), and each day contains info on the moon phase, holidays etc. You also get the number of the day, so the 31st of December would be day 365 and how many days in the year are left. When it comes to technical stuff (numbers, days, etc.), Filofax is easily the best at this. For instance, I can tell everyone that on the 14th of October, 78 days are left in the year, it is day 287, that it is in week 42, and the next day, the moon phase will be half, and what Tuesday is in five languages and what October is in five languages. Whew . . . that is a lot, but something I like to know is there.

I have found the diary to be fairly good, and if you want to know what you will be doing on an hourly basis the next day. I find it a little annoying that each day is lined with the hours of the day, and you can fill in what you will be doing each hour, but I just bypass that by ignoring the hours. Nonetheless, you can do diary refills anyway, so if you want a different kind of diary layout, you can always purchase a refill.

Overall, with the diary, I am very impressed, and I love all the extra details and languages on each day.

The Ring Binder

The ring binder keeps all the pages, inserts, paper and the diary together. Each page is triple-hole punched on each side and fits nicely into the ring binder. When flicking a page, it moves very smoothly and never snags. The movement across the binder is smooth and effortless. Again, well done on the ring binder.

Bookmark and Plastic Pocket

This organiser also includes two very handy items, a bookmark (which also serves as a ruler) and a plastic pocket.

The ruler/bookmark is very handy when you need to find what day you are on in your diary quickly. The top of the ruler sticks out neatly so you can find the page where you are in your diary. This bookmark also serves as a ruler, which comes in handy.

At the back, there is also a good quality plastic pocket, perfect for storing pens, credit cards and other items. The pocket is excellent quality and thick, so it will never tear. It is opened and closed by a zip, which is working perfectly.

A Word of Thanks

I would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful Jess from The Ideas Network for sending me this organiser to review. I would like to thank Jess for giving me the opportunity to review this amazing product. Thank you so much, Jess!

Overall Verdict

So that is everything you need to know about the Original Patent A5. I have enjoyed reviewing it and have some conclusions which I would like to share with you.

  • The body of the organiser is wonderful, I absolutely love the colour and leather. It lies flat and has a sleek and stylish finish which makes it one excellent organiser.
  • The variety of paper you get with this is huge, there are all sorts of paper available.
  • The information pages have served me well, and I have so much information on the go.
  • The interior design is simple and kept to a minimum.
  • The diary is very informative and is great for organisation.

I would give this organiser a 4.5 out of 5, just because the diary wasn't to my liking as much as everything else was, but that is nothing to worry about. Overall, an excellent high-quality organiser perfect for students and professionals.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I will be glad to answer. I hope you enjoyed this, and thanks for reading!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2014 Susan W


Finn from Barstow on August 19, 2018:

Well this looks pretty handy and something that I actually might be able to use in my studies coming up next semester.

Nice thorough examination. The only thing I have to say about your writing is that you use the word "organiser" several times in the same paragraph. I know that is what you are writing about but maybe try a synonym or leave out the word. No big deal though.

good piece otherwise and the photos are authentic and helpful

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on January 21, 2014:

Hi Sheri,

Thanks for reading this and for your great comments, glad you liked it. :)

It is an excellent organiser overall, my favourite part is probably the leather (and purple!) cover which is such a good quality.

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on January 21, 2014:

Hi Flourish Anyway,

Thank you so much for visiting, I appreciate your great comments. The Franklin Planner is similar to this one. I suppose this organiser was designed to resemble organisers from the 80's and 90's. Organisers really are great for planning your day, keeping contacts and that sort of thing. They have always helped me and I am a stationery and organiser fanatic so I really enjoyed writing this review.

Thanks again for reading, Flourish Anyway! :)

Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on January 21, 2014:

Hi Jodah!

Thanks for dropping by and for the great comment. :)

Yes, this organiser is a real winner and one I would definitely recommend to those that need an organiser. Filofax always create high-quality organisers and this one really shows that.

Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on January 20, 2014:

Wow...I want one. Great Hub!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 19, 2014:

Back in the 1990s I used to have a Franklin Planner that very closely resembles what you present here. I absolutely loved it for keeping myself organized. Your hub made me remember how useful it was.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 19, 2014:

Very good review susi, It sounds like the Filofax organiser is a real winner and a good inclusion in ones stationery requirements. Thanks for the informative hub.

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