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Field Notes Colors Edition “Arts & Sciences”

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition

I finally got around to opening my Field Notes Color Edition “Arts & Sciences” notebooks.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition size comparison

The Arts & Sciences edition really do feel like a Hagrid-sized version of the classic Field Notes. At 4.75″x7.5″ they are substantially bigger than the standard Field Notes’ 3.5″x5.5″ size but not as large as a standard A5 (6×8.25″) notebook. They live in a happy, in-between place.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition

This Colors Edition, due to the larger size and slightly increased page count (64 pages compared to the regular 48-pages in a standard pocket Field Notes), came with two books instead of the standard three-pack. Everything about this edition seems to similar BUT different! And I like that.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition Inside Pages

Inside, the pages are printed on the right hand sheets. The Sciences edition is printed with quadrille graph lines and the Arts edition is printed with lines. Both are printed in a pale “Academy” grey.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition Back covers

Both the covers have embossed logos with metallic silver ink and a coordinating icon on the back. The red book is the Arts edition and features palette, paintbrush, ink, tape, pencil and more on the icon. The Sciences edition in the dark grey color with an icon with a DNA chain, beaker, celestial bodies, and amoeba and more. How long before someone gets one or both of these as a tattoo?

All in all, I love that Field Notes continues to experiment with each version of their Colors Editions. Now that they’ve added size as a variable, it seems like the possibilities are endless.

Remember, the Colors Editions are limited so order a set or two today ($9.95 per 2-pack). Or subscribe and receive the Arts & Sciences edition and future editions as soon as they are available.


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Field Notes Field Trip!

Yesterday, Bryan at Field Notes/Coudal Partners kindly toured us around the world headquarters (AKA their offices in Chicago). We had  great time and got to take a peek at the inner workings of Field Notes. It was an all-access pass and I am so thankful that Bryan took time out of his busy schedule to humor me.

Ready for some pictures?

Bryan Bedell at Coudal/Field Notes HQ
Bryan greeted us at the door, ready to show off all the fabulousness that is Coudal and Field Notes.

Coudal/Field Notes front desk and sales counter
Behind the door, was the front desk and sales counter for walk-in customers and pick-up orders. Its a really pretty work space.

Bob peruses the Field Notes selection
Bob peruses some of the leather covers available from Field Notes while I just ogle.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Uncut press sheet
We got to see some of the uncut press sheets from the Arts & Sciences edition. It’s so good to see how much attention to detail they take to get the Field Notes Colors Editions just right.

Field Notes stock room
In the stockroom are piles and piles of the County Fair editions which are some of my favorites. I have sets from every state I’ve lived in.

Field Notes County Fair Editions

In the shipping area are bins filled with individual County Fair books for the Road Trip kit.

Field Notes packing zone

The packing area is efficient and well-organized and the team was busy packing up orders.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences button bins

Bins filled with the Arts & Sciences edition buttons sat prominently on the counter in Well-Appointed Desk-approved green bins.

Field Notes Stencil boxes

Totally industrial looking stenciled boxed lined the walls.

Me and Bryan at Coudal/Field Notes

I had a great time and Bryan was to ally patient with us. Thanks for a great tour!

Field Notes/Coudal mail box

Expect to find a thank you note in THIS mailbox soon!

Field Notes: Arts & Sciences Colors Edition

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition

Today Field Notes announced the newest edition of the Field Notes Colors series: Arts and Sciences. The books are most notable because its a set of two different notebooks– one for arts, one for sciences– and because these books are larger than your average Field Notes at 7.5″ x 4.75″. Isn’t that awesome?

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition Size Comparison

Both notebooks have Mohawk Loop 110lb covers printed with  silver ink. Inside are 64 pages of Finch Opaque 50lb paper, the same stocks used in many earlier editions of the Field Notes. The Arts edition has a brick red cover and features “Academy Gray” lined paper on the right hand side and blank sheets on the left for a combination of drawing and writing. The Sciences edition has a dark grey cover and engineering-style grid on the right hand side and blank on the left hand page in the same “Academy Gray”.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition Paper Stocks

On the back covers are seals for the two houses of thought: arts and sciences in the same silver as the cover logos.

Field Notes Arts & Sciences Edition seal

Pack of two (one of each) is available for $9.95 or subscribe to the quarterly Color Subscription for one year for $97. Remember, the Colors editions sell out fast.

Field Notes: Shelterwood Edition

Field Notes Shelterwood

Finally! Its the new Colors Edition of Field Notes called Shelterwood. I’m sure you’ve already heard about it already and probably already opened your order, but in case you haven’t… admire it here.

These memo books are covered with a veneer of real wood, laminated to kraft paper. Inside is the same 70lb Finch text weight stock that Coudal has previously used in the “America The Beautiful” edition, this time with lines in “Maidenhair Green”. The staples are gold toned and the logo is silkscreened on the covers in white.

Field Notes Shelterwood

Other people have mentioned it but once the shrink wrap is removed, the books don’t close completely. The covers still feel fairly flexible though I probably wouldn’t risk folding the cover all the way back on itself for fear of cracking the spine.

Since I carry my Field Notes in a leather cover, the not-quite-closed covers don’t bother me at all. If you’re inclined to carry them in a shirt pocket, this might be a little annoying.

Field Notes Shelterwood

Opening the package, the books smell so good. It was like the books were imbued with fresh pencil shavings.

Field Notes Shelterwood

You’ll notice the book in the middle has faint “tan lines”. I had the books in the shrinkwrap with the belly band on, laying on my desk for about a week. For whatever reason, that caused the uncovered parts to darken slightly. If you are hoping to keep your Shelterwoods MINT, keep them out of the light.

Field Notes Shelterwood

Since the paper is similar to America The Beautiful, I didn’t do an extensive writing test. I know that some, but not all fountain pens, pencils, gel and ballpoints work great and markers like Sharpies will bleed terribly. So this time, I just lined them up and gave them a quick test. Results were consistent with the America The Beautiful.

If you love Field Notes, you’ll want to grab this limited edition while you can. If this is your first foray into Field Notes, be aware this is very different product from the regular editions. Enjoy it, collect it but just know this is something a little different.

How Green is my Mailbox?

How green is my office?

My mailbox has been overflowing with green bounty. A handmade leather envelope for storing pens and pencils from my Australian pen pal (she made it herself!), an assortment of awesome green pencils from Johnny at Pencil Revolution and, of course, the beautiful but hotly-debated Field Notes Shelterwood. Reviews will be coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the spring greens!

Field Notes: Shelterwood

Field Notes Shelterwood

The newest edition of the Field Notes color series is called Shelterwood and its awesome feature is the REAL WOOD covers. Slivers of wood are bonded to kraft paper covers to create unique, beautiful wood veneer-covered Field Notes. Inside the books are the same 70 lb Finch Soft White paper that was in the America The Beautiful editions with green lines. This special edition is going to sell out fast so you better order yours today. $9.95 for  a 3-pack, or better yet, subscribe for a year and be guaranteed to get the next edition as soon as its available.

I’ll give you more details when my set arrives but, by then, it might be too late. Take a chance on these and order quickly!

Field Notes for Memory Keeping

Memory keeping with Field Notes

While traveling, I used a Field Notes to keep my thoughts, names of places, restaurants and people, as well as pasting in receipts, business cards and various paper ephemera. I stamped the date and the name of the event on the front of the the Field Notes before I left.

I added the squashed penny with gel Super Glue when I returned. Squashed pennies are great inexpensive keepsakes for a trip. I got this one at the Musee Méchanique at Fisherman’s Wharf, a mechanical toy and game museum where you can play every game! Some took nickels and dimes but most took quarters and ranged from dancing puppets, vintage “peep shows,” pinball machines and classic 80s arcade games. Most American museums or large tourist attractions have a squashed penny machine. You insert 50¢ and one penny (I like to use a shiny penny but anyone will work). Then turn the crank and out pops your penny embossed with a design.

I was surprised how easily my paper scarps fit into the Fields Notes with little more than a fold. I used glue stick and washi tape to attach items and a 4-day trip filled almost a whole book. I used a paper clip to hold the transit cards just in case I needed to use them again. I’m not a scrapbooker but this is the perfect amount of memory keeping. I could complete it while traveling and on the airplane so, once I was home, it was done and all the bits I’d collected were contained.

Memorykeeping with Field Notes

Review: Zenok Leatherworks Field Notes Cover

Zenok Leather Field Notes Cover

My darling husband has been known, on occasion, to read The Well-Appointed Desk as a make-shift wish list for me. This often works out in my favor at the holidays. For Christmas this year, he bought me a Zenok Leatherworks Field Notes Cover ($39) in natural beige.

Zenok Leather Field Notes Cover Comparison

I thought I’d give is a quick comparison to my Pelle Journal on the left and my Midori Traveler Passport-sized Star Edition on the right.

The most notable detail of the Zenok cover is the leather tab that covers the elastic at the open edge of the cover. There are notches in the leather cover for the elastics which is also unique to the Zenok. An extra elastic was included with the package though I think I might visit a local fabric store and acquire a contrasting elastic to customize my cover.

The Zenok Leatherworks Cover for Field Notes is just a bit taller than the passport-sized Traveler and the leather is a lighter color. I like the warmer color of the Traveler cover and a bit softer. The Zenok cover feels like untreated leather so I wonder if I treat it with saddle soap or mink oil might soften it and deepen the color.

Zenok Leather Field Notes Cover

Inside, the cover includes four elastics that can be used to hold notebooks or other item inside the cover.

Zenok Leather Field Notes Cover

Zenok Leather Field Notes Cover

The cover comfortably holds three notebooks. Four Field Notes will fit but that’s a lot of notebooks for me. I think I’ll normally carry two: one for work and one for personal notes. I’d add a third only if I was getting to end of one book and wanted to have a back-up. I’ll use the additional elastics for a folder for loose papers. I also found that a small Bar-4 envelope (10 for $3) can be used to store receipts and business cards if I tuck the envelope tongue under the elastic.

When the cover arrived and I tucked a Field Notes into it, my husband got a little envious so I think we’ll be ordering another one soon. Very soon.

Review: Field Notes Cold Horizon

Cold Horizon Covers

Its the latest Field Notes edition, Cold Horizon and everyone in the stationery-o-verse is talking about it. How do you feel about the shiny covers? Too shiny? Gritty? How do you like the gradient effect? Love it? Hate it? What about the graph paper in tints of wintery whites_ light grey, light green and light blue?

Cold Horizon Color Array

My husband, the printer, insisted on lining the books up to show where each gradient intersected with each other. The spine of one book aligns its gradient to the front cover and back cover of the other two books.

The shine of the covers is quite reminiscent of wet ice along with the crystal blue colors of the covers — the theme is beautifully harmonized in the final product. The covers are a little pebbly from the gloss aqueous coating. Overall, the books show lots of fingerprints and smudges just like a stainless steel refrigerator — for better or worse.

Cold Horizon paper colors

Its hard to get a good photograph of the slight color shift between the books. The paper is lightly tinted in a pale blue, green and grey. The grid marks are the same color grey on all three versions. The minor color shift is pleasant but not dramatic enough to have warranted the trouble and expense to do them each differently.

Field Notes Cold Horizon

I did my pen test in the light grey paper book. As others have noted, I suspect that tinting the paper made it a little less receptive to fountain pen inks. Field Notes really are best paired with a non-fountain pen pen. I got good results with all the other tools I used but I did get a bit of line railroading (when the edges of the strokes are visible but the ink sort of drops out in the middle like a miniature railroad track) with the Pilot Juice and the Pentel Hybrid Technica pens, both of which are hybrid ballpoint/gel inks. Pilot Hi-Tec Cs and UniBall Signo RTs performed the cleanest with no show through on the reverse of the page. I used all cool blues, black, blue-blacks and graphite as it seemed like a good chance to pair my tool color to the notebooks.

Cold Horizon Writing Sample

I wanted to provide a close-up to show the feathering with the two fountain pens I tried. It didn’t seem worth the trouble to try even wider nibs or a Sharpie marker. I know they are going to bleed or bead up a little.  There’s a reason why we collect so many tools — so we can pair just the write pens with just the right papers for the optimal writing experience.

I will enjoy using these notebooks. They are completely functional and will certainly brighten up the dreary winter days ahead but these are not books I’ll necessarily covet like I do the Traveling Salesman which is my FAVORITE to date. (I wish I had purchased an extra set of those!)

The Field Notes Cold Horizon Color Edition is available in limited supply. A three-pack of the variegated cover and mixed tint paper are available for $9.99.

Field Notes: Colors Edition Winter Cold Horizon

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In case you missed the news last week, Field Notes announced the Winter Edition of the Colors Series called Cold Horizon. It is a another departure from the traditional Kraft cover version. This time the covers are a gradient blue and each of the three books are a slightly different gradient but they can be lined up to transition in color from one book to the next. The covers are a glossy coated stock this time to enhance the icy cold look. Inside is the standard Finch paper stock printed with grid marks and tinted in light blue, light green and cool gray — each book a different colored stock inside.

I think this edition is distinctively different from previous incarnations. I’ll be curious how people react to the new Field Notes Cold Horizon once they have it in hand. I need to renew my subscription ASAP to make sure I get at least one set to review and compare.

A set of three Cold Horizon Field Notes sell for $9.95. A year’s subscription is $97 and includes four quarterly editions, starting with the Cold Horizon, and a bonus 3-pack of Kraft mixed and a 3-pack of Kraft Grid.

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Leather Cover for Field Notes

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Greg Stevens has created a lovely leather cover for Field Notes (and other similarly-sized pocket notebooks) that includes a pen quiver on the cover and an elastic band to keep it closed. He’s added a pocket inside the front cover for even more functionality. The case looks like it will age beautifully though the elastic might get stretched out. Prices start at $100 and include a 3-pack of Kraft Field Notes.

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Don’t forget that Field Notes offers their own EDC brown leather memo book cover and Pony Express leather pouch in their shop ($85.95 each). Gourmet Pens did a write up on the Davis Leatherworks notebook cover which is distinctly Midori-like. I did a search on Etsy and there are dozens of other options available for notebook covers as well. My favorite from Etsy is the Zenok Leather from Canada. Zenok’s Midori-style covers hold three notebooks and sell for $39 each.

More leather cover options can be seen on The New Artemis as well.

(via Greg Stevens, tip o’ the hat to reader Cheyenne)

Pitch Black is the new black

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Field Notes heard us. They announced last week that they are now offering an open-stock (non-limited) black edition of their classic Field Notes pocket notebook. Its called Pitch Black and features French Paper Company 100lb “Blacktop” covers with grey text on the cover. On the inside is the same white 50lb Finch Opaque paper but with a light-grey dot grid. They added a little zing with black staples. A 3-pack is the same price as the Kraft and Red-Blooded editions, $9.95.

I’m pretty sure this was made-to-order for Brad over at Pen Addict. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Field Notes Drink Local Edition Sneak Peek

And its here! The new Field Notes Drink Local edition arrived in my mailbox last night. The packaging with the subscriptions making the 6-pack of beer-inspired notebooks look like an actual 6-pack is absolutely stunning though I recommend assembling the carton BEFORE imbibing as it does require a little thought. LOVE!

I wanted to get it captured before disassembling the shrink wrap and effecting its MIB appearance so I have not  had a chance to pet the “soft-touch” covers or closely admire the letterpress coaster which is inside the shrink wrap. This is just some visual stimulus to join the subscription service today and get your 6-pack before they sell out. They’ve gone fast in the past but I think these are going to set a new record.

I’ll do a more in-depth look later but I wanted to share some sneak peeks now while there are still sets and subscriptions available.

Subscriptions are $97 for one-year. Individual 3-packs are available in “Ales” or “Lagers” for $9.95 per set but they will not ship with the limited 6-pack packaging. Extra sets of beer coasters can be ordered as well: set of 4 for $3.95.

My Field Notes Collection

I’ve noticed several other folks collecting their Field Notes into one big collection so here is mine. I don’t have a ton and I certainly haven’t gone crazy collecting all the rare special editions but I think its a healthy collection. How many do you have?

Field Notes Night Sky Edition

Field Notes Night Sky Edition Summer 2013

Whenever the folks over at Coudal announce a new edition of the Colors series, the frenzy to get a set (or four) begins. I am lucky enough to have a subscription so as soon as the emails go out announcing the latest series, I know at least two sets of the books are winging their way to me. For Summer 2013, the new set is called Night Sky. The aesthetic is a smooth black, uncoated cardstock cover (French Construction 100#C in blacktop) with gray ink for the logo, branding and information. The back features constellations of the night sky in gray, dotted with holographic foil stars. It looks magical!

Inside, the folks at Field Notes must have heard the enthusiasm over the Finch 70#T used in the America The Beautiful sets because the same stock has been used for Night Sky in the 50#T weight — a little lighter weight but should hold up pretty well. Instead of lines or grid, they have printed each page with reticle graph markings in gray that evoke star charts and NASA photos.

I would like to remind you that these limited edition sets sell out very quickly so if you want one, I recommend you hop over to the Field Notes shop right now and order one because chances are, by this time next week, they will be sold out.

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I will follow up with some writing samples in a few days and compare it to the 70#T paper used in the America The Beautiful set (which I realized I never tested).

View all the images of the new Field Notes Night Sky Colors set on Flickr.

Field Notes: America the Beautiful Edition

Field Notes: America the Beautiful

The newest edition of the Field Notes Colors series is called “America The Beautiful” and features three different 4-color, big dot, slightly misregistered covers. Each cover was named: “Spacious Skies”, “Amber Waves” and “Mountain Majesty” respectively.

Field Notes: America the Beautiful

Inside is white Finch paper with loose-leaf blue lines which are classic nostalgia for me. I didn’t do any pen tests yet but I love this series so much, I’m hesitant to write in it. I don’t want to sully my set. I had two sets but my husband stole the “spare.”

Field Notes Water Slide Decal

The bonus item is a classic water-slide decal that reminds me of all the VW bus windows spotted while touring America’s National Parks.

Sets sell for $9.95 for a 3-pack or a 1-year Colors subscription can be purchased for $97 and will include 2 sets of the America The Beautiful (and the next three Colors Editions) plus 2 packs of Kraft Field Notes.

This is a limited edition series, when they sell out, they’re gone! I think I better order a couple more sets!

Field Notes Steno Pad Review

Field Notes Steno Pad

Like all good office supply junkies, I’ve been listening to the Pen Addict podcast. There have been several episodes lately that have waxed poetic in regards to the Field Notes pocket memo books. They have become quite collectible. But, truth be told, my favorite Field Notes product so far is the Steno Book. It is a larger format than the memo books at a whopping 6″x9″ and has all the features associated with a steno pad — top ring binding and Gregg ruling.

Field Notes Steno Pad

Of course, Field Notes does the features of a steno pad better than the any others currently on the market. The covers are made from heavy-duty chipboard, the ring binding is a sturdy double black wire and is filled with 80-, 70# bright white paper with light brown (almost khaki colored) lines.

The inside covers feature a plethora of info, both useful and entertaining. If your next meeting is particularly boring, you can read the covers of your Steno Pad and see how many of the phrases on the Abbreviation Guide you can use in one sentence. There is even a ruler printed on the inside back cover — both inches and centimeters — which comes in particularly handy in my world.

Field Notes Steno Pad

And, of course, in the most important tests of any paper, the Field Notes Steno Pad performed excellently. I tested rollerballs, hybrid gels, felt tips, fountain pens and pencils and every pen worked well. My very, very fine Pilot Prera fountain pen was a little too fine to lay down much ink on this paper but it may have been a result of the slightly drier J. Herbin ink I was using. The Lamy Studio with the 1.1mm calligraphy nib wrote beautifully and there was no bleed-through on the page — just a tiny bit of show-through but not so much that I wouldn’t be comfortable using both the front and back of the page.

And you may be asking yourself, how did this review end up in the middle of Pencil Week? My favorite tool on this paper was my fittingly 60s-looking Palomino Blackwing 602 which glided on the paper and is the perfect tool for those first drafts — whether you know shorthand or not.

Madmen Moleskine and Blackwing

I think he is using a Moleskine Reporter notebook and Blackwing combination here but I think it would be more authentic if he were using a Steno Pad. (via Blackwing Pages)

The Steno Pad is available from Field Notes for $9.95.

Expectations and Expeditions, Field Notes that is.

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If you have spent anytime on Twitter the past couple weeks you’ll probably be aware that while everyone is tickled with the colors and the durability of the new Yupo-based Field Notes Expedition Edition, there has been a lot of blowback about how usable these notebooks actually are.

If you have note heard about these books, the Expedition Edition is the latest in the limited edition offerings of Field Notes. I love the color of the cover, the tone-on-tone map of Antarctica on the back and the dot grid in grey on the warm white paper. This time, the books are filled with a hard-wearing, plastic-based paper called Yupo for both the covers and the inside papers.Why is that cool? Well, it doesn’t tear and it will not break down if wet. But on the downside, issues have come up because the paper is so tough, it pretty much repels most inks. Why? Because most of the inks that we use rely on a water-based formula, particularly the inks used in fountain pens and a lot of felt-tip style pens. Even softer lead pencils risk being a smeary mess on this practically indestructible paper.

Field Notes Expedition Edition

Both Pencil Revolution and the Pen Addict have done some testing and reviews and established that the tools we all normally favor (fountain pens, PIlot Hi-Tec C’s and Palomino Blackwing pencils) may not be the best tools to combine with the Yupo paper used in the Expedition Edition of Field Notes.

Oh no Pile

So I decided to do my own testing. Since I love pens and pencils with equal enthusiasm, I hope to combine the results from Brad and Johnny into one pile. Pictured above are the tools I tried that did NOT work, which include:

  • ordinary ballpoints (Milan green from Rad + Hungry)
  • Fiction erasable pens: Pilot Frixion Point 04 (blue black, similar models sell on JetPens)
  • Marvy LePens
  • Rollerballs: Uni Vision Micro, Muji and Acme
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Gel-based pens like Zebra Sarasa and Pentel Slicci
  • Pentel Hybrid Technica
  • Felt-tipped like Sakura Micron and Copic Multiliner
  • Pentel Sign Pen (mine is the mini model)

I let all the writing set for a longer amount of time than I would with a standard notebook– anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes. As a left-hander I tend to run my hand through my writing every few lines so I gauged my drying time on an estimate of how long it would take me until I was running my hand through the writing. Some inks I could clearly see were still wet so I gave them time to lose their sheen before running my finger over them. The metallic silver Slicci 0.7 smeared so completely I had to write in what is was with another pen. I found that the regular ballpoint ink was clumpy and behaved strangely though after an indeterminate amount of time it did dry and not smear. Rollerballs and gel ink pens did not do well. Rollerballs, particularly the Uniball Vision Micro still smears 12 hours later — not as badly but still not good. Given enough time, the gel inks do dry and, the finer the point, the quicker they will be to dry, but I wouldn’t recommend them for serious notetaking. All the fiber-tipped pens like the Sharpie Pen, Microns and LePens were pretty much unusable.

The YES pile

Pictured above are the tools I found that DID work:

These all preformed well. The Marvy LePen Permanent and other alcohol-ink based marker pens are a great combination with this paper. The ink does not bleed, feather or show-through the way that it does on wood-pulp paper so if you’ve been wondering when you’ll ever use an alcohol-ink marker/pen, this is a good place for it.

I love the quality of color from the Autopoint Twinpoint on the Yupo paper. The colors of the red/blue mechanical pencil seem sharper on the Yupo than standard wood-pulp paper. I also feel confident that any standard mechanical pencil 0.5 or so or wood pencil, loaded in the range of 2B or HB lead, will be a good tool on the Expedition. I did not eraser testing. Foolishly, I was more concerned with making marks stick than removing them. I’ve just gone back to try erasing my marks (using my trusty Staedtler white plastic eraser) and the marks made with the mechanical pencil and Blackwing 602 leave a ghosted image.

I feel a little mischievous for doing it, but I pulled out my beloved Sanford Noblot and tested it and its been my favorite pencil on the paper so far. I realize this is probably going to create a run on Ebay looking for the last remaining Noblots but what the hell? Everyone deserves paper and writing tool happiness. Any indelible pencils will provide a level of permanence on this paper that you might not get with a standard graphite pencil.

Maybes

While the other reviews I read said that fountain pens and Pilot Hi-Tec C’s do not work, I got passable results. In a pinch, I could use these to take a quick note but they require a good five minutes of drying time. The Hi-Tec C seemed okay after drying for awhile and used a fine 0.4 point. The fountain pen filled with Kaweco turquoise ink was okay once dry as long as I didn’t rub it a lot. So, I’d say in a pinch, if you had to jot something down, these would work but they certainly aren’t the recommended tools.

Tool Testing

As you can see above, the LePen Permanent was the clear winner here, followed by the Palomino Blackwing 602 and a mechanical pencil with 0.5mm lead and probably a HB or 2B lead.

Tool Testing

On my second page of tests, you can see that the UniBall Jetstream, the Autopoint TwinPoint and the Sanford Noblot won for performance here.

Overall, for this Yupo paper, I recommend the finest point on a pen you’re willing to use (0.5mm or smaller), hybrid ballpoint inks like the Jetstream, alcohol-based marker/pens and harder lead pencils. If you’re really working in harsh outdoor conditions, your best bet is going to be a pencil anyway since they don’t freeze. A mechanical pencil eliminates the need for a sharpener and you can carry multiple leads in most models so you can rest assured you won’t run out while in the field.

I hope this helps to ease some concerns about the usability of these notebooks. I love that Field Notes has been willing to try some unique materials and interior layouts. This is a special notebook that will require a special tool but once you find your perfect pairing, I’m sure you’ll be happy with the results.

PS: Field Notes has compiled its own recommendations for writing tools for the Expedition Edition as well.

Field Notes: Expedition Edition

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This is the new limited edition Field Notes Expedition Edition. It sports a high-visibility orange cover and a “polar night” back cover. These new notebooks were made with the highly durable Yupo paper and have withstood endured a bevvy of tests including: waterproof, visibility, wind resistance, ballistics, vacuum, tensile strength, compression, acid resistance, flame resistance, extreme temperature, electromagnetic waves and electrical resistance. No expense was spared to make these super-durable Field Notes. Don’t believe me? Check out some of the testing videos to see which tests the books survived.

Field Notes Space Pen

And paired with the new Field Notes Fisher Space Pen, there is no challenge too tough! $23.97 per pen and available in matte black or chrome.

A  3-pack of these durable Field Notes is $9.95 or a year Color subscription is $97.

Field Notes Crop Edition and Father’s Day Deal

Everyone who has a penchant for paper goods has probably already heard of Field Notes. I know the Red-Blooded edition got lots of great press in February for my pal Bryan’s love letter video to his darling wife. But have you given a good look to the hearty Crop Edition? Its a set of six notebooks inspired by the crops of the US and come packed in a box with a patch and a map.

I love the Field Notes notebooks for their adherence to the classic good looks and functionality of the vintage notebooks while bringing a lovely designer-ly touch to each quarterly special edition.

Available from Field Notes and they even have a special deal for Father’s Day. Spend $20 or more this week and then type “YAYDAD” into the coupon code blank and get a free mixed set (blank, lined and grid) of Kraft notebooks.

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