I’ve heard good things about Quo Vadis planners, so when I saw one last Miniweek on sale at my local pen store, I jumped on it (even though they were all out of covers). I tweeted of my bountiful gain but lack of cover, as I proceeded to affix some soft polyurethane-type material to my Miniweek with tacky glue to serve as a DIY cover. Then, lo and behold, Quo Vadis tweeted at me to say they had an extra Miniweek cover that they would give me! Some tedious craft-glue-undoing later, a joyous little planner for 2014 was assembled. Thanks to Quo Vadis for the cover (and thanks to Office Supplies and More for having had the planner on sale).
The Miniweek is small and simple; the Texas cover serving as something to protect the little refill from the world. It’s a smooth polyurethane-like cover made with no PVC. There’s no branding, just the darker recessed accent mark and raised decorative “stitching” around the edges. It feels smooth to the touch—the kind of notebook you want to rub on your face. Time will tell if the cover will hold up over the course of multiple refill years.
Being so slim, there isn’t much extra to the Miniweek. There’s two pages for personal information, little 2014 and 2015 calendars, address pages, and note pages, in addition to the main meat of the planner itself.
I like that each day gets an equal amount of space. Usually planners end up short-changing the weekend on page real estate, but as someone with an unusual work schedule I appreciate having equal space to plan out my days. And they even fit in a little space for notes!
But the best part about the Miniweek is this magical paper. It’s of an almost tissue-like thinness typically reserved for holy books, and typically not associated with the kind of paper you’d want to put a fountain pen to. But oh, how wrong you’d be. This paper holds fountain pen ink beautifully. No fuzz, no feathers, just clean, crisp lines. With such thin paper, showthrough is inevitable, but none of the fountain pens bled through (the Parker and Sheaffer rollerbals are another story). And the dry times were surprising—Diamine Ancient Copper in a Pilot Vanishing Point M nib drying within ten seconds. This is a planner made for fountain pens.
My only complaint is the lack of a bookmark. The pages are too thin to use a paper clip, so I picked up some trendy page flags to keep track of my place in the year. Something built-in would have been nice.
Overall the Miniweek hits a lot of points that I’m looking for in a planner. It’s small, with a nice layout, and most importantly, fountain pen friendly paper.