Looking for a fountain pen friendly planner?
If you’re new to the hobby. there’s one thing that you should know first: coffee shop planners generally have bad paper. Usually, they could only take extra-fine to fine nibs with relatively dry inks. Unless you’re happy with sticking with a basic black ink on an extra fine nib pen setup, you mght want something better.
So what planner should you get for next year?
With lots of nib and ink combinations at your disposal, why limit yourself with hit-and-miss paper? Especially in a planner that you’ll (ideally) spend a lot of time with?
If last year’s list focused on 2020 lineups, for this post, we focus on brands offering planners that will surely bring the best experience with your fountain pens. This is a list that you can check whenever planner season comes, because these names are here to stay. Spoiler alert: They are mostly Japanese brands.
If you haven’t heard of Tomoe River Paper, these are insanely thin Japan-made sheets that can beautifully show an ink’s shimmer, sheen, or shading. Hobonichi Techo uses this paper on their lineup:
- Planner and Original are basically English and Japanese versions respectively, aside from the former’s black cover and the latter’s cream. Both come in A6 and have one day per page.
- Cousin is like the Original but in A5.
- Day-Free keeps the monthly view but ditches one-day-a-page setup for undated graph pages. The Japanese quotes are still there.
- Weeks is a slimmer notebook with each spread featuring a whole week at the left and blank memo pages to the right.
- 5-Year Techo is perfect if you want a long-term commitment with your planner, with each page showing the same date in 5 years. Click the link if that statement confused you.
What is fun about Hobonichi is that it also comes with loads of cover options that you can stick with when you decide to stick with the same planner line for the next few years.
Price: Starts at Php1195 for the Day-Free in A6.
Midori Japan’s MD Paper Products have a minimalist lineup of planners. They offer:
- MD Notebook Diary with monthly calendar, lined pages for weekly notes, and blank pages for other scribbles;
- MD Notebook Diary Thin with monthly calendar and gridded pages for memos;
- MD Notebook Diary 1 Day 1 Page with 385 pages of monthly calendar and daily notes;
- MD Journal with enough framed pages for half a year; and
- MD Notebook Journal Codex 1 Day 1 Page which has your whole year covered.
A dealbreaker for some, however, is that MD Notebook Diaries only have the monthy calendars labelled. The weekly notes in diaries and daily pages in journals are blank. But if you don’t mind scribbling the dates yourself as you go along, or if you like that non-commital setup where you can go on a planner hiatus and pick up wher you left off, then this will work for you.
Price: Starts at Php 545 for the smallest MD Notebook Diary.
Last but not the least on this list is the oddly-shaped Traveler’s Notebook (TN), which actually is its own charm. It is basically a nice leather cover which can hold notebook inserts. And it ages beautifully. If you find that size weird, it also comes in passport size.
For your planning needs, there are two basic types of refills both TN sized: Monthly and Weekly which comes in two refills. The regular-sized one has a second Weekly version that is Vertical. For those who are new to this, get a starter pack firsts for both the leather cover and a plain refill. Kits that already come with the plannere refill are pretty hard to come by.
Price: Php 475 and Php 1045 for the regular-sized monthly and weekly refills respectively. Passport-sized counterarts respectively go for Php395 and Php845
You technically can’t buy the Chronodex, since it is a printable planner. If you hoarded fountain pen friendly paper like sheets of Elias in the past and you have access to a good printer, this can work for you. Creator Patrick Ng regularly releases 6-month templates, so watch out for the next update.
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To all Chronodex fans, thanks for your patience, here’s the latest release for Jul – Dec 2020! Happy Chronodexing. Don’t forget to go to the Facebook group and share your experience. Download: https://bit.ly/2BlFLJV #chronodex #chronodexsystem #timemanagement #gtd #schedule #scheduling #diary #journaling #notebook #gettingthingsdone #calendar
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