“French Paper supplied four cover stocks for these books: Pop-Tone 100#C “Lemon Drop” and “Sno Cone,” Speckletone 100#C “True White,” and Dur-O-Tone 80#C “Packing Brown Wrap.” We hand-set several designs using Hamilton’s collection of vintage type and ornaments. Hamilton then printed our designs in two random colors on a 1961 Heidelberg GT 13″×18″ windmill press. Randomizing the designs, papers, and colors resulted in thousands of variations. Further variations were introduced thanks to the nature of wood type, letterpress printing, and the music playing in the print shop during the 200+ hours on press.
Back in Chicago, our logo and specifications were added with a hit of “Broadside Blue-Black” ink. Then the books were bound with 48 pages of Finch Opaque Smooth 50#T featuring our “Double Knee Duck Canvas” graph grid. Three copper staples hold ’em together. As always, they’re all-U.S.A.-made, with a lot of love from the shores of Lake Michigan.”
This is less of a formal review and more of a “GO GET THESE BEFORE THEY’RE GONE!”. Field Notes are some of my favorite notebooks in terms of design, especially the COLORS editions. This one is no exception. I’m a sucker for all things screen printed, and these being a mix of wood block and letterpress immediately grabbed my attention. The books are all unique, in that they are all a random assembly of designs and text. Even cooler is that each one is hand-set, making the creation of the covers less of a set-and-forget and more of a hands-on process.
I can definitely appreciate that. The subtle details like the dark blue inked “FIELD NOTES” logo on the front and the copper staples really stand out. I ordered three 3-packs and each book is different from the next. As far as performance, the Finch Opaque Smooth 50#T paper works well enough. I decided to use a book for doodling with my Lamy broad nib, and there’s a fair amount of bleed and feathering. The paper works great with ballpoint, gel, finer rollerballs and finer fountain pen nibs.
The graph inside is pretty standard, the 4.5mm spacing nicely compliments the size of the book. I’ve been using one to keep track of what episodes of the X-Files I’ve watched, rating them as I go. The graph definitely proves helpful for making a checklist. The cool factor on this limited edition is through the roof, go pick some up before they’re gone forever!
Super huge thank you to Massdrop for offering up over $300 worth of prizes for you to win! Great timing for those who have just read why you should be writing with a fountain penand want to jump into the hobby. The Pilot Vanishing Point is one of my go-to pens, and the Pilot medium nibs are just great. Read on to see how to enter!
Massdrop offered up not one, but TWO Pilot Vanishing Point prize packs. Each package includes:
- 1 Pilot Vanishing Point – Carbon Black – Medium Nib - 1 Bottle of Iroshizuku (Shin-Kai or Ama-Iro) - 1 Rhodia pad
If you already have a Massdrop account, you can enter by leaving a comment on this post letting us know you already have an account and which ink you’d want in the prize pack!
The giveaway will start on Monday, March 23rd and run until the following Monday, March 30th at midnight EST. One entry per person please! Massdrop will be selecting the winners randomly and shipping the prize packs. Giveaway is open worldwide! Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the giveaway! Here’s some more info on how Massdrop works too.
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Congratulations to Grant E, and Samuel W., Massdrop will contact you directly to work out prize fulfillment!
When I saw that J. Herbin now offers small sample size bottles, I had to jump at it! Thanks to JetPens for sending over the bottle for review! As vibrant and nice as the color is, the performance of the ink is rather poor. The wet flow writes nicely, but results in some pretty bad feathering and bleed through. I haven’t had this issue with other J. Herbin inks, making this atypical. There are plenty of other blues out there, lots very similar. Unfortunately, I’d recommend passing on this one. If you like what you see and you absolutely have to have it, it does work well on Rhodia paper.
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I didn’t spend nearly as much time or money at this year’s Long Island Pen Show, but that’s not to say it was a bad time! I only had one mission going in, and that was to get my Montblanc 149 writing correctly. First order of business was to get on Richard Binder’s nib work list, and I managed to before it was closed! After walking around a bit and scoping out the situation, nothing had really jumped out at me. More than likely because I purchased both a Pelikan M805 Stresemann and a Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel last week online. I had already blown through my budget for 2015, but it was totally worth it! It was great seeing Cary from Fountain Pen Day and Julie from the Big Apple Pen Club! I let them check out and try the new Pelikan and I tried out Cary’s architect-ground Karas Kustoms Ink.
I spent some time checking out the flex nibs, and they were great. I’ve never used a music nib before, so that was an awesome experience. I think I may end up with one at some point. They really put a TON of ink onto the page.
I always end up spending some time ogling the Parker Vacumatics. I absolutely love the way they look. Here are some shining examples of some of the larger Vacumatic Majors.
Brian and Lisa Anderson are some of the nicest people in the pen industry. It’s always a pleasure seeing them! I had a nice talk with both of them about new products, old products, vintage Pilots and Sailors, and much more. I ended up leaving their table with a new Lamy Al-Star in Copper Orange. Be on the lookout for that review soon!
I’m not too sure what it does, but here’s a really cool looking double nibbed pen I saw. Here’s the newest Aurora. It was absolutely beautiful. The blue Aurolide resin has a nice amount of transparency to it and the sterling silver grip section gave it a great weight and balance!
After walking around a bit, it was my turn at Richard Binder’s table. I told him what was wrong with the pen (I think I described it as “lumpy”) and he got to work. Some micro-mesh smoothing and some tine adjustment, and a little bit of sanding and my 149 was writing like it never has before. Perfect flow and smooth in every direction, I can now say that I will be carrying and using this pen much more. If you have a pen show nearby and Richard is going to be there, make sure you check it out. It’s easily one of the best parts about fountain pens – the ability to customize a pen exactly to your liking!
On the way out I stopped by Kenro’s table. There’s a few new pens from Omas coming out that look great. Be on the lookout for those! It was nice seeing my former co-workers and catching up. It was a short stay at the show, but it was enjoyable. Check back soon for a full review and photos of the new Al-Star and an overview of the nib work done on the Montblanc!
The Long Island Pen show is taking place this weekend, March 14th and 15th at Hofstra University. The show is $10 at the door, or $25 for the Weekend Trader pass – which gets you in 2 hours early on both days.
I will be there Saturday early in the day, make sure to say hi!
Saturday 14 March 2015
8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Pre-show admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Public Show, tables reserved for registered exhibitors only
Sunday 15 March 2015
8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Early-bird admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Public show
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