The Grail Diary, What options are there? What is available?

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MrTeabag

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Hi everyone, over the last couple of years I've been gradually putting together a small collection of my favorite prop replicas and most of what I know about those items came directly from some of the amazing threads here on the RPF (I've only recently purchased a Staff of Ra Headpiece from Relicmaker, and couldn't be happier!)

So now I'm looking to find another one of my favorite props to add to my collection; Henry Jones' Grail Diary from The Last Crusade! And I'd love to know:

What're your recommendations? Which is the best one available? Or just your personal favorite in general? (From what I've been able to gather demiguel.m's and Sarednab's Diaries seem to be among the best!)
 

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Dr Jones Sr

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As you see there's an entire range from entirely handwritten diaries to ones that have photocopied pages.

The way I see it, each is more accurate in its own way: the handwritten ones are more accurate to the materials and methods of construction of the original props, yet have all the little vagaries of the handwriting, and of freehand drawing of the images.

The photocopies look like what they are, yet are flawlessly accurate to the original prop used for the photocopying.

To me, perhaps more important is the accuracy of the various inserts, because these are the things you take out and examine and feel in your hands.

Then there's the matter of which diary to go with: an exact replica of one of the original props, which don't make much sense as a diary (repeated pages etc), or the "story" diaries that have the contents put into a plausible order to reflect what Dr Jones' actual diary might have been like.

Here's a lovely "story" diary Henry Jones' Grail Diary Replica

And Sarednab offers both "hero" and "story" versions.

For myself, as a cosplayer who does Doctor Jones Senior, and who is not a prop collector, I just needed something that would function as a reasonable-looking prop, and I went with an inexpensive photocopied diary made by somebody in Florida.
 
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