Index Card Comparison

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Indexcard Survey @ Shinjyuku, Tokyo

Index Cards corner in Sekaido

Last sunday, I went Shinjyuku, Tokyo, to survey how many indexcards are sold in stationery store there. I went to the Sekaido (世界堂), one of the largest stationery store in Shinjyuku. And it is close from a subway line that I use to go office.

It is 5 to 6 floor building, all with stationery and art goods. The indexcards are settled at the first floor in Sekaido. I could find name card size, 5x3 size, 6x4 size, B6 size with plain, printable, section (quadrille), 6 mm ruled, and 8 mm ruled. Also, Dock, index (separator), and purse are available. I still couldn't find such a plenty of indexcard goods ever in Tokyo. In fact, I only found B6 and 5x3 card, two kinds each in another larger stationery store "Loft" @ Shinjyuku Mitsukoshi. The Sekaido is rare case.

When you come to Tokyo, you should come to Sekaido. This is a "Macca" for indexcard geek ;)

Ref. : Website, Sekaido (in Japanese)
Ref. : High resolution map @ Yahoo! Japan, Sekaido

Indexcard Survey @ San Francisco, CA

Index Cards corner at Patrick & Co., San Francisco

I have been to San Francisco to attend meeting. In my spare time, I walked around Moscone Convention Center. I tried to look for an indexcard.

I found a stationery store close to the SFMOMA. The indexcards occupy a corner. There are 5x3, 6x4, and larger index card available. What is curious for me is there are a lot of colors, blue, yellow, red indexcards. I could find plain and ruled indexcard. Same time, I disappointed that I couldn't find quadrille card in the store.

I found Office Depo, too. I could find indexcard with "Office Depo" brand. The price is relatively cheeper. This time I could find quadrille card from the "Office Depo" brand. But it is enough to make me surprise.

Quadrille Indexcard in U.S.

Index Cards Comparison
Index Cards Comparison. Left : Office Depot, Right : Correct

What is surprise for me with quad (short for "quadrille") card in U.S. is, as Lepard and Gregkise pointed out, the cut is not associated with the grid. As a result, if I see the card's edge from top, the grid is totally random. This quad card could not be use for the PoI system, especially for "tag".

Another difference is grid spacing. For Office Depot's : 6 mm each, and for Correct's : 5 mm each. Since I have been using 5 mm grid, the Correct's one looks more tight, tense, and compact for me.

I have never imagine how different the quad card in U.S. and Japan. I realize that how difficult to obtain quad card like the Correct's. Long time I had thought indexcard like the Correct's is easy to get even in abroad ; but it's not.

Summarize various reports from my friends (Leopard, Gregkise, John, Ayalan, and David) and my research, only the Correct achieve this marvelous, state-of-the-art work. And I realized that my method won't be achieved without the Correct's products. This is one large key of the PoI system.

As a simple solution for this problem, I decide to start index card providing service.

5 x 3 Index Cards : Comparison table

CompanyType*Cut and Grid**Grid Spacing**
Correct (Japan)p, pp, r, rl, rv, qAssociated5 mm
L!fe (Japan)p, r, c, qAssociated6 mm
Kokuyo (Japan)p, r--
Oxford (U.S.)p, r, c, qRandom6 mm
Office Depot (U.S.)p, c, qRandom6 mm
Mead (U.S.)p, r, c--
Ampad (U.S.)p, r, c--
3M (U.S.)rs, rs+c--
Exacompta (France)q+cRandom (?)?

\* : p : plain, pp : plain printable, r : ruled, rl : ruled library, rv : ruled vertical, rs : ruled sticky, q : quadrille, c : color \*\* : For quadrille card

ref. : Reports by Leopard, Gregkise, John, Ayalan, and David. and Photo @ flickr by Alina Mikadze, and by Kaj

Any additional information is welcome :)