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Tools and Toys

November 22, 2015

<a href="http://toolsandtoys.net/photo-essays/a-visit-to-the-field-notes-brand-headquarters/"><strong>Mike Bates:</strong></a>

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  Visiting Field Notes Brand’s headquarters is a little odd at first, but also a little like what you might imagine the brand’s offices to be like. Located in Chicago’s meatpacking district a couple blocks out from Fulton Market, the largely unmarked building almost convinces you that you’ve got the wrong place. But you don’t.

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What a fantastic photo essay. What is that very large Field Notes notebook? And who do I need to bribe in order to get one?

The paper triad.

November 22, 2015

I’m not an paper expert in any way or form, this is just some thoughts and experiences I have collected during the last 2-3 years.

There are three different things that you need to take into consideration when you are looking for a new notebook, and more specifically the paper in it. I usually look at it in the form of the following triad

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  Thin paper

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  Short dry time

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  Little bleed through

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Pick two.

It isn’t hard to find thin paper with no bleed through, but it will take a while before the ink dries. And it isn’t hard to find thick paper with short dry time and little bleed through.

There are exceptions to the rule. But my experience is that You need to pick two of the three.

Cultural Offering

November 21, 2015

<strong><a href="http://culturaloffering.tumblr.com/post/131527102174/lists">Cultural Offering</a>:</strong>

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  As a kid, I remember my father at the dining room table in the morning jotting down his to-do list for the day on his mini legal pad as he sipped coffee and took in the busy goings on in our household.  I remember his orange or brown or red Paper Mate felt tip pens scratching out instructions to himself in perfect architect block script.  My father could make a grocery list look like a precise set of life specifications.  But he made lists or, as he told me more than once, it was gone.  During the day, he would scratch a line through his listed items as he ticked them off, making progress and relieving his memory.

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  I know other successful people and they all refer to lists.  Some write them on their daily calendars, others on a note card, or bits of paper, or backs of envelopes; others maintain large lists on notepads.  But lists they maintain and lists they work.

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My life is driven by a bunch of to-do lists and a paper calendar; the calendar is a Hobonichi Planner, and the to-do lists live in a Field Notes notebook.

Lamy Dialog 3 Fountain Pen – Fine Nib – Black Body

November 21, 2015

<strong><a href="https://nopenintended.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/lamy-dialog-3-fountain-pen-fine-nib-black-body/">No Pen Intended:</a></strong>

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  What makes the Dialog 3 special is its twist retract/deploy mechanism. The nib deploys completely, a full and regular-sized Lamy two-tone gold nib, and when the nib deploys the clip draws close to the body of the pen, making it less obtrusive (especially when compared to the Vanishing Point clip).

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What a fantastic pen. Take a look at the clip on this pen, compared to the Vanishing Point, that is the reason I think high end Lamy pens are the best.

The Tools and Toys Field Notes Color Subscription Review

November 21, 2015

<strong><a href="http://toolsandtoys.net/reviews/a-review-of-the-field-notes-colors-subscription/">Mike Bates</a>:</strong>

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  At it’s most basic, the COLORS subscription is a way for Field Notes fans to pay once a year to have the latest COLORS releases shipped to them as soon as the editions are released. Guaranteed, once a season, four times a year.

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I have considered the Color Subscription many times, but the reason I never go for it is that I prefer the regular Field Notes, and I never know how often I need more notebooks. But I think it is a fantastic product to get, if you are the kind of person that buys every single edition anyways.

Review of Leuchtturm A4+ notebook

November 21, 2015

<strong><a href="http://paperpensink.blogspot.no/2015/10/review-of-leuchtturm-a4-notebook.html">Paper Pens Ink:</a></strong>

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  Then comes the table of contents. It’s got 30 lines per page and 3 pages, so 90 spaces to list the contents of 233 sheets (or more than 2.5 pages per index line). Maybe that will work out for me, but given the enormous size of each page, I’m not sure it will. I would have liked to have seen 4 pages of index rather than 3.

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I haven’t used this one, but I have used the smaller version, and I loved it. And I think I will buy either one or two of these the next time I’m ordering from either JetPens or Goulet.

Unclutterer

November 21, 2015

<strong><a href="https://unclutterer.com/2015/10/26/struggling-with-keeping-a-journal/">David Caolo</a>:</strong>

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  I believe in the benefits, yet there’s a disconnect. Each time I try to maintain a journal in earnest, I fizzle out.

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Keeping a journal is hard, it is one of the most important things in my life, but it also one of the things I struggle the most with. And I have ended up with a three rules that makes it much easier to do

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  It is okay to skip a day or five. Like for example when you are on vacation.

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  Just write something every day.

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  Pick the tools that make it easy for yourself. I use a huge hardcover lined notebook, and something like a Hobonichi Planner or Field Notes is two very good alternatives if you want something more portable.

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On Moleskine

November 20, 2015

<em>This was originally posted on my personal blog: <a href="http://hjertnes.me">hjertnes.me</a> on the 29th of June 2015.</em>

I have been thinking about doing this post for a very long time. But episode <a href="#">#159</a>(<a href="http://www.relay.fm/penaddict/159">http://www.relay.fm/penaddict/159</a>) of <a href="#">The Pen Addict</a>(<a href="http://www.relay.fm/penaddict/159">http://www.relay.fm/penaddict/159</a>) got me to start writing it.

Moleskine is a brand that does many different things, and they have a huge collection of different notebooks. Some of them are better than others. But there are three things they are good at in general:

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  <strong>Marketing.</strong> Most people that either care or don’t care about notebooks have heard about Moleskine.

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  <strong>Available.</strong> You can find a basic collection of their products in most stationary and book stores.

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  <strong>Consistent.</strong> You know what you get.

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Many pen and paper geeks are critical, and aren’t that fund of Moleskine, including myself, even though many, if not most of us started out or notebook addiction with a Moleskine of some sort.

I get why people get annoyed, when someone could get the same product, without the Moleskine brand for less money. Or get something way better for the same amount. People pay for the brand.

Moleskine is more or less the same as other global brands, like: Heineken, Burger King, Starbucks or PizzaHut. You know that the product is the same mediocre thing no matter where in world you buy it. It is true for Burger King, Heineken and Moleskine.

I order close to all of my pocked sized notebooks from Field Notes, and I usually spend some time in local stores to find a pile of new A4/Letter sized notebooks when I’m about to run out.

But there are times when I buy Moleskine, even though I know that I could get something cheaper, or something better. The situations when I go for a Moleskine notebook of some sort, either pocked sized or a large notebook is quite simple. It is either when I’m in a hurry, and need it for something, or when I’m somewhere I don’t know where to look for a store that stocks good notebooks. And sometimes it is a combination of the two.

The reason I go for Moleskine in those situations are just as simple:

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  I know what I get. I have pens that I know works good enough with the paper quality.

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  I know I can get it. There are not many books stores I have been to in a long time where I could not find Moleskine products.

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I don’t recommend Moleskine products, except for the Sketchbooks, but it is the kind of thing I buy when I forget my notebook, didn’t expect to need one or run out. You can find them more or less anywhere, no matter if it is in your home town, or more or less everywhere else in the world. And that is worth a lot in certain situations.

There are a place for brands like Field Notes, Rhodia or Leuchtturm1917, because they really care about the quality aspect, like that really good burger place in your town. But there is also a place for the “good enough” brands like Moleskine, which is more like Burger King or McDonalds. It works.

Paper will last.

November 20, 2015

<strong><a href="http://www.thecramped.com/if-you-wanted-to-ensure-it-lasted-for-150-years-youd-choose-paper/">If you wanted to ensure it lasted for 150 years – you’d choose paper</a></strong>:

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  As amazing as our current electronic technologies are – despite their strengths – are terribly, terribly ephemeral. The code that worked yesterday isn’t support today. The processors of – five years ago, ten years ago – are brought to their knees by the computational complexity and presumed processor capabilities of today’s software. The runtime environments required by the digital creations I manifested as a University student not only do not exist – computers of today don’t even recognize the file types.

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This is why my journal is on paper, my todo lists is on paper and that my planner is on paper. I know they will be readable in the future(if you understand my hand writing).

Review

November 19, 2015

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I used to be a huge fan of the hardcover pocket sized Moleskine’s, before I got hooked on Field Notes. And there are things I prefer about the former, and there are things that I prefer about the latter.

There are so many different designs and variants of Field Notes, and they release a new limited variant every four months or something. I have ordered two of the special editions: Night Sky and Arts and Sciences. They are cool, but I just go for the regular kind, blank.

The first thing I love about Field Notes is how fantastic their sense of design is. A regular Field Notes notebook look good straight out of the pack, and I think that the standard edition is the best looking, but they look even more fantastic the more worn out they are.

The second thing I love about Field Notes is the paper quality. You can use a regular ball point or a fountain pen, and they work great. The ink dries fast, and the bleed through isn’t a problem. It isn’t perfect, but I think they have the perfect balance between instant dry time and minimal bleed through.

The third thing I love about Field Notes is their sense of humor, like I wrote about <a href="http://www.inksmudge.net/blog/2015/11/16/field-notes-practical-applications">here</a>. Take a look at the inside of the back side of the cover in the Practical Applications section.

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I have been running my life out of a combination of paper planners and Field Notes during the last couple of years. There is always at least one Field Notes notebook in my back pocket, and I use them to take short notes(I use a larger notebook if I’m going to take serious notes, like for example during a lecture, meeting or while studying / researching) and to manage tasks.

There are also some things that Field Notes aren’t that great at.

One of the things I loved about my hardcover Moleskine I used before Field Notes was how easy it was to write in it, when I wasn’t sitting by a table or other flat surface. But the great thing about not having it is that it is way easier to have in your back pocket. And I often use my iPhone as a writing surface to solve this problem.

Availability is my second problem with Field Notes, that Moleskine is much better at. One of the great things about Moleskine is that they are available everywhere, I think they are overrated and overpriced, but I love the fact that I have something reliable I get anywhere if I need it. The most annoying thing about Field Notes is the fact that I need to remember to always order a new batch of them when I have around 4 unused notebooks left. It takes a while to ship them from the US to Norway; around two to three weeks to be exact.

My last issue is the lack of options. There are times when I want something like a Field Notes, just larger than both the regular and the steno. For example a spiral bound A5 or A4 version. I love my huge book bind notebooks like for example from Leuchtturm1917. But there are times when you want something a little bit less fancy, and then you end up with either a crappy notebook or a overpriced Moleskine.

I wish Field Notes just would start to extend their standard product line.

They make one hell of a pocket sized notebook, and they are well worth the $9.99 per three pack.