Review of C-Line Document Protection.

Handles and closure on the Expanding File.

The good folks at Shoplet sent over a C-line Bound Sheet Protector Presentation Book and C-line Expanding File with Handles for review. It’s nice to see that someone still makes presentation books (which I’ve always called “report covers”), to tell the truth. With Powerpoint and multi-media taking over in business environments, I’m surprised that there is still demand for such a product. Pleasantly so. I didn’t know how we’d work a review of these into the Pencil Blog Idea, but I think this certainly fits with the Paper is Better mentality that I don’t think I’m alone in espousing.

With Field Notes, for size comparison.

This presentation book features room for 24 pages (12 sheets), with a stiff set of covers. The spine has a sleeve into which one can put customized material, like a quality binder that harbors room for identification in the spine. The materials are archival and acid-free. While I have been driven to frenzied profanities by flimsy report covers, these “pages” are easy to fill, with no tearing or creasing.

Interior of Presentation Book.

My daughter has already declared her intention to make a little story book by inserting drawings into the sleeves. It holds up even to a two-year-old (2 1/2 really). The thin and crinkly covers that we had when I was in school don’t compare with this presentation book, in looks, function or durability. I wouldn’t hesitate to pass this book around at a meeting, avoiding using a projector altogether.

Spine slip removed, showing how one can insert a custom spine.
With Field Notes, for size comparison.

I have a fondness for accordion files — you know, the brown-papered ones with a brown cotton tie or elastic. When revising the faculty handbook at the university where I used to work, I found some old ones. They held my notebooks, my papers and hand-outs for meetings. What they didn’t have was a handle or durability. They fell apart from six months of transport across campus and between my office and my home.

Open up and say “AH!” for papers!

The C-Line expanding file has stiff covers and handles. The materials of which it is made resemble those used in making day-packs. I’d suggest that amounted to over-kill, if I didn’t witness the demise of such a cover made only of paper. The file remains light. There are thirteen pockets, with 12 plastic tab holders, with tabs included. The tab and velcro handle completes the package, both holding the file closed and making it look like more of a briefcase than a folder. I’m actually using this file presently, to hold paperwork pertaining to our house, from settlement papers to the warranties on our appliances.

Like the presentation book, the expanding file harkens back to a PAPER ERA for me, when projects required enough paper that a filing system of some sort was necessary, as well as a way to carry these documents and notes around. Despite operating a Pencil Blog, my fondness for getting things done on paper is a deep love. I never ever ever take notes on anything, except on paper. While the style and, especially, the materials of these cases are nothing short of Very Modern, the notion that such paper-holding accoutrements are necessary in today’s office makes me smile.