September 17, 2015
My current binder of choice.
I utterly adore this binder. I love the slide mechanism, if for no other reason
than I'm tired of getting my fingers pinched in the metal rings of American
binders. That gets old, really fast. American binders are also so cheaply made
that even the expensive ones don't let you turn pages smoothly. They're always
getting caught on the gaps of the rings. Not so this binder. Every page turns
smoothly, every single time. Kokuyo also has some nice touches like bright,
cheerful dividers, and a plastic pocket to hold lagniappe like post it pads,
small handouts or, oh, a Midori A5 notebook. It also comes with 10 sheets of
their lovely Sarasara paper. How many American companies give you any of those
things with a binder purchase? Not very dang many, that's for sure.
The notebook holds more pages than one would think, and yet it's still
super-light to carry. Anything that reduces the weight in my backpack is tops in
my book. Oddly, this binder's cover is thinner and far lighter than than the
American binder that I have to carry for my science class, yet it's sturdier by
far. It holds up to all the abuse I can put it through, and then some. I had an
American binder for my online science class that literally fell apart after only
three days of light use, while this one has been coming out of my backpack for
heavy use in my face-to-face classes, and has never even thought about giving me
My only complaint is that sometimes the mechanism doesn't close easily if I have
too many sheets in the binder. But that's easily remedied.
If Kokuyo ever makes a thicker binder with this slide mechanism that can handle
200 pages, I will be all over it like stink on a skunk.