Photo Post: 1960’s Civil Defense Documents and the Platinum 3776 Black Diamond

When cleaning out some drawers at work, I stumbled upon some really awesome looking radiation exposure manuals from the 1960’s. The type, layout, logos, and overall feel of these docs are just awesome. They’re great representations of the time period, both culturally and from a design standpoint. I found it awesome how well the Field Notes steno pad blends in with the documents. It really shows off the brand’s attention to detail and how they’ve pretty much nailed the look and feel they’re going for. I hope you enjoy the photos! The pen featured in these photos is the Platinum 3776 Black Diamond edition with a broad nib, fresh in from Pen Chalet!

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Field Notes Starbucks Reserve “Coffee Origins” Review

Field Notes
Starbucks Roastery Edition
“Coffee Origins”

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-13Specs:

  • 3 – pack
  • Line, Graph, and Dot Grid ruling
  • #50T bright white paper with grey ruling
  • Map and coffee facts for each region on the back

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-2 Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-3Notes:

For any of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I enjoy coffee a little bit… Field Notes and Starbucks have teamed up again for some exclusive books – this time it’s a three pack of books, one for each of the coffee growing regions of the world. They’re very similar to the Unexposed Colors Edition in feel and looks. Admittedly, I bought these primarily to take coffee notes in, not to use them as an everyday pocket notebook. They’ll live in my cabinet with the rest of my coffee gear and come out when I get new beans in or to take roasting notes.

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-10The #50T paper inside should hold up to ballpoint, gel, and maybe a finer rollerball alright, but don’t expect it to be the friendliest to fountain pens. I like that the pack includes a lined, graph, and dot grid book, it’s a nice touch. I thought I was seeing things, but upon further inspection, the staples are actually white. Another cool detail!

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-8It’s rare that I pay more than retail for a Field Notes (I’m not THAT hardcore of a collector), but these were definitely worth adding to my collection. Since they’re only available at the physical Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, they have to be purchased second market online. Currently, the going rate is around $30 – not bad for something that crosses over into two of my hobbies as well as these books do!




Kickstarter: TiScribe Fountain/Ballpoint EDC Pen in Copper

Kickstarter: TiScribe Fountain/Ballpoint EDC Pen in Copper

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-1


  • Available in Copper, Brass or Titanium
  • Fountain pen or ballpoint
  • Titanium pocket clip
  • Seamless machining and design
  • High gloss finish
  • 4.45″ overall
  • 4.15″ uncapped

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-9Notes:

The Ti Scribe Fountain / Ballpoint Pen was designed with EDC use in mind. This little pen is meant to live in your pocket and be used as needed. It’s short in length, but not uncomfortable to use when writing. The design and construction are both quality – including features like invisible seams and a fully machined body/cap.

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-12The pen is built around a Bock nib unit, and includes a small international cartridge of black ink. The nib writes buttery smooth and has good ink flow right out of the box. These nibs may look familiar – as Kaweco uses them. There’s some nice scroll work and Bock’s logo stamped into the nib.

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This pen is QUITE small. It reminds me a bit of the Kaweco Liliput, but a bit wider. This extra diameter makes for a more comfortable writing experience. The grip section of the pen has grooves machined into it for improved grip and control. I do have a few issues with the pen. It’s just a little bit too short for extended writing periods. I feel like the end of the pen hits an awkward spot in my hand, I wish it was just a bit longer (TiScribe is now offering an extended length version of the pen as a stretch goal).Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-4 I also wish that the cap posted. Although Kelvin, the designer, stated that threads on the back of the pen are ugly, it’s very easy to misplace this small cap. I think an EDC pen, especially one meant to be used on the go, would benefit from a cap retention system. Speaking of the cap, each cap comes with a titanium pocket clip. The clip is held in place by a single screw. I’ve found that the pen stays put in my pocket and the cap hasn’t fallen off while walking. The shorter length of the pen ensures that it doesn’t jab you in the leg while carrying.

The pen is a bit longer than a Kaweco Sport when capped, and slightly shorter when posted.

Ti Scribe Copper Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-5Overall, I think that the Scribe makes a good pen for EDC. It’s more substantial than the Kaweco Liliput, but not as comfortable to use as the Sport. I’d definitely say that it’s a happy medium. I’m intrigued by the longer version, as I like the design and feel of the pen. It’s obvious that there was a high level of detail involved in designing and manufacturing the pen.

To learn even more about the Scribe, and to pick one up for yourself, head over to their Kickstarter page. There’s just under two weeks left to get in on the pledge!


Diamine Asa Blue Ink Review

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pen: Nakaya Neo Standard Medium, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Ink: Diamine Asa Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review-14Pros:

  • Smooth writing
  • Nice shading
  • Great everyday color
  • Diamine reliability


  • None!

Jetpens recently started carrying the small bottles of Diamine Ink. I saw them and immediately got to shopping. These 30ml bottles are ideal for an ink you “like” but don’t “love”. It’s more of a commitment than a sample, but not as much as a full bottle – ideal for trying out an an ink that you think you might like. I’ve been wanting to try Asa Blue as a more affordable alternative to Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki for a while now, so into my shopping cart it went.

The color reminds me much of Kon-Peki, but slightly more subdued and therefore more appropriate for everyday writing. After only a few lines in, I knew that this ink would fast become a favorite. This lovely shade of medium blue is a pleasure to write with and even nicer to look at. I’m a huge fan of Diamine ink – great saturation, flow, color variety, and shading without breaking the bank. I’ve been using this ink for a few weeks now, and I’m hooked. Asa Blue just may beat out Kon-Peki for my number one blue!

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Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!

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Topo Designs Accessory Bags Review

Topo Designs
Accessory Bags Review

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-1What are they? The Topo Designs Accessory Bags ($39 for a set of 3) are an excellent and stylish way to keep all of your pen, pencil, and paper needs organized.  High visibility yellow interiors make it super easy to see what’s inside and grab what you need. These pouches are made from Cordura nylon, heavy duty zippers, and paracord zipper pulls. The end result is an American-made pouch that is ideal for a bag-in-bag organization system. Check out all the sizes and colors over at Topo Designs!

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-7I’ve been rocking my Topo Mountain Briefcase for months now, and I absolutely love it. However, there’s one glaring issue: a lack of internal organization. Becky over at Topo got in touch to see if I wanted to check out some more stuff by the brand, and these accessory bags showed up shortly after. With their arrival, I opted to try out a bag-in-bag organization system. This means that in each bag, I placed a group of items.

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-6The smallest size bag is great for loose pens and pencils. They all fit in easily and theres a ton of room. As you can see in the photos, there’s at least 20 pencils in the bag, and still room for more. I especially like that the pencils can sit flat in the bag, resulting in less bulk and easier carry. It’s not too small, and it’s not too large. This bag also moonlights as a home for my Fuji X100T.The medium size is perfect for a small(ish) notebook and an iPad mini.Note: This is the Starbucks Roastery edition FN book – it’s the same size as the larger Arts and Sciences edition, not the standard 3.5×5.5″. Keeping them together adds some protection for the iPad, and more importantly – makes it much easier to switch bags or just grab it and go. The largest of the bags can fit a B5 notebook and more. I’ve been using this as a pouch for my two camera flash units (Nikon SB-600 and SB-910) to add some protection and keep them from bouncing around.

As you can see above, a whole bunch of pencils, an iPad, and two notebooks easily fit into the bags. The bags then fit inside the largest one – ideal for a grab-and-go. I’ve found that it makes it much easier to switch bags out. I go between my Mountain Brief and my Daypack pretty frequently, so not having to dig small items out of the bag is convenient.

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-12Each bag is made in the USA in Colorado. The craftsmanship has no noticeable flaws. The materials and zippers are sturdy and never feel like they’re going to open up or fail. I especially like the small flag tags on each of the pouches.

Topo Designs Accessory Pouch Review-8All of the bags fit into the Daypack and Mountain Brief very easily. The hi-vis yellow interiors of all their bags result in easy gear retrieval. It’s nice to know exactly what you’re grabbing for. I’ve been using the bags for around a month, and they’ve definitely come in quite handy. I’m definitely going to continue using this system of organization for the foreseeable future! Thanks again to Becky and Topo Designs for reaching out!


Disclaimer: These bags were received as units for review, free of charge. All opinions are my own. 

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