When I first began looking for a Filofax as my planner, I discounted the Pocket for its size, but considered it and the Mini as a wallet replacement. When this came on sale, I couldn’t resist buying it.
Technically, this was the first Filofax I ever bought, but I don’t consider it the first I ever owned since it came in the mail after I bought my Personal Malden.
It was on sale at the Filofax USA website. There were two other colours: blue and pink. I actually really liked them all, but there is something about yellow accessories. Too bad it’s more of a mustard rather than a true yellow, but still easy to look for in my bag.
Leather/Exterior: The Finsbury is the first FF I considered buying because I love the look of grained leather and the handstitching. It seems to be very durable. It’s a bit hard since it’s not all leather like the Malden.
Pockets: It has a giant wide opening pocket perfect for bills and receipts. Actually, it’s too big since I find the money can get shoved very far down. I use the front two pockets for my debit and credit cards. The window pocket is for photo ID cards. Since I use a separate change purse, I use the zipped back pocket for the customer loyalty cards I do not use frequently.
Inserts: In NY, I bought one of the Credit Card holder pockets. I use it to keep my library, transit, and a couple of reward point cards. In the supplied top opening envelope, I have gym/exercise things, coupons, and bus tickets. I kept in the Today divider in the event I needed a ruler, the flyleaf, the information sheet, the FF lost sheet, some address paper and blank refill paper for if I ever need to write those down and I don’t have the Malden with me.
Pen: This is a slim pen loop as the Frixion Point can’t even get into it. I found the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner fits and they are great pens even if it’s rather long. I do not really use the pen, but I keep it for my Personal Malden.
While this planner as wallet is smaller than my old wallet, it is still a bit big so when using clutch handbags or when needing more space, I transfer my items to a smaller, thinner wallet.
A couple of people I met this year had Mighty Wallets. They recommended them for their small size and durability. When I was in New York, I saw these in a few stores and the one I bought was on sale at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. From the website:
The Mighty Wallet® is tear-resistant, water-resistant, expandable and recyclable. Made from Tyvek® (think express mail envelopes), these cool wallets resist tearing because of thousands of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns, giving them incredible strength.
The ingenious origami construction was and is the original folded Tyvek® wallet designed by Terrence Kelleman. The stitch less design reinforces the materials own strength and allows these very slim wallets to instantly expand and adapt to your own personal storage needs. The Mighty Wallet® will expand right before your eyes.
Because of the slim, lightweight and water resistant features, you can take these cool wallets anywhere. They make great “night out” wallets for a slender silhouette and the writable surface conveniently acts as a quick note pad on the go.
In time, the Mighty Wallet® will gradually soften and patina but, even after years of wear, it will still offer surprise and solicit intrigue.
It is very slim and light. You can put a lot in it and it will expand quite easily. I can’t attest to the longevity or water resistance yet. I do have one big issue with it: cards sometimes fall out of the two inner pockets if you do not have much in it there or open it too wide. This is actually the opposite problem with the Finsbury Pocket card pockets which are rather too tight. This is a small issue, and I’ve already had someone compliment my new Mighty Wallet.
Overall, I am not sure I will keep the Finsbury Pocket forever. I like it, but I don’t love it. I feel like if I did Filofax as a wallet, I may consider the Mini.