Field Notes Unexposed Fall 2014 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Fall 2014 Colors Edition


Specs From Field Notes:

“Here’s what we can tell you: each “Unexposed” pack features three 5.5-inch x 3.5-inch 48-page memo books in an opaque black sleeve. The interior paper features our “reticle graph,” last seen in the “Night Sky” Edition from Summer 2013.”


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If you have yet to notice the trend of matte black, grey, and darker colored pens on the site, I dare you to look at some of the back posts. This edition of Field Notes is definitely not my cup of tea, but that’s not to say it’s not something fun and different. I was hoping for some more typical fall-themed colors and it appears that we got the polar opposite. The cool thing about the release is that they did not tell you what you were going to get. Instead of the usual “belly-band”, the books were sealed in a black paper envelope.

Field Notes Unexposed

There are 6 different colors, randomly inserted into the packs. I lucked out and got one of each across the three packs that I ordered. The super bright, Lisa Frank-ish colors aren’t going to see any use by me but they are a cool addition to the collection. The reticle graph ruling is cool as well, I really enjoyed it in the Night Sky edition from 2013. This was also the first round of photos from my new iPhone 6 – I think they definitely got the job done. What did you think of the Fall 2014 Colors edition?

Field Notes Unexposed





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Weekly Loadout Submission – The Unroyal Warrant

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Left to right:
Pilot Custom 845 – M nib – R&K Cassia
Conway Stewart 58 – Duro Stub nib – R&K Alt-Goldgrün
OMAS Extra (1940s) – EF (?) nib  – Diamine Mediterranean Blue
Bayard 2000 – M (?) nib – Diamine Black Green
Montblanc 136 – OB nib – Diamine Turquoise
Render K G2 – 1.0mm black Pilot G2 refill

Favorite Combo:

OMAS Extra + Diamine Mediterranean Blue


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J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey – Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey
Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy Al-Star, 1.1mm stub Nib
Ink: J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes: Ever since hearing about the ink a month or so ago, my excitement has been building. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out that Sunny from Exaclair was bringing a bottle to the DC Pen Show and that I could take a little bit home with me. With Stormy Grey, J. Herbin is adding a great new ink to their nicely-packaged, ever-popular 1670 ink series. The last one (the dark blue) had no signature sheen that Rouge Hematite (red ink with a gold sheen) was known for. I can happily say that they have re-introduced the sheen, and this one is the best yet. The dark grey ink has a wonderful, sparkly gold fleck in it that doesn’t jam the pen up at all. At extreme angles you can see that there is a ton of gold suspended in the ink and it looks awesome when laid down on the page with a broad, wet nib. There is no question that I will be picking up a bottle of this ink when it becomes available in October. Thank you Sunny for letting me snag some at the show!


  • Super smooth
  • Gold doesn’t clog
  • Good flow
  • Great shade of grey


  • May clog up a pen if it is not properly maintained

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Weekly Loadout Submission – Paul J.

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Paul’s Description:

These are the pens that I am using for journalling and correspondence writing. In general, I choose inks that display some shading or have a sheen when dry. While this is not the case for all of the inks loaded, the first three are all good shaders.

From left to right:

Franklin-Christoph Model 65 with a Masuyama Broad Stub Nib:
This pen is inked up with Noodler’s Golden Brown which is a new ink for me. It has some of the same hues as Iroshizuku Ina-Ho but is warmer in tone. Having seen this ink now makes me want to try Kiowa Pecan which appears to be a little darker in the reviews that I have seen online. This pen is wonderful to hold. I have experienced some ink delivery issues with this pen but Franklin-Christoph has been very responsive and a replacement feed is in the mail.

Edison Nouveau Premiere – Summer 2014 Edition with a Fine Nib:
This pen is inked up with Private Reserve Blue Suede. Even though the line width is quite narrow, this ink still displays good shading on the Clairefontaine and Tomoe River papers that I use for letter writing. This pen always starts up right away, even when uncapped for several minutes at a time. A true pleasure to use. I expect that more Edisons are in my future.

TWSBI Diamond 580 with a Broad Nib:
This pen is inked with Private Reserve Ebony Blue. I received a sample of this ink through the Goulet Ink Drop subscription. After working through the sample I ordered a full bottle and have really enjoyed using it. As for the pen, well more on that below.

TWSBI Diamond 540 with a 1.1mm Stub Nib:
This pen is inked up with a 1:1 mixture of Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa and Salix. I heard about this concoction via Brad Dowdy’s twitter stream (@dowdyism). Being comprised of two iron gall inks, it is permanent and gets regular use for addressing envelopes. I find the colour a bit sombre but it is the first pen I reach for if I have to write a letter to someone in a professional context. Probably a good choice for sympathy notes too. This pen’s feed has a hard time keeping up with the stub nib and you end up having to prime the pen several times per letter.

Kaweco Al Sport – Raw Aluminum with an Extra Fine Nib:
This pen is inked up with Sailor Sky High, a very cheerful blue. It’s too bad that this ink has now been discontinued. The pen was purchased as a jeans pocket carry pen but it hasn’t seen much daily carry use since I picked up a Brass Wave Liliput. I find the section of this pen to be a little too short and my hands feel a bit too close to the paper when I write. Because of this, it gets held more it the threaded region of the barrel rather than the section.

Pilot 78G with a Medium Nib:
This pen was an Ebay purchase and arrived at my door for under $10. The fine nib which it originally came with now sits in my Metropolitan. This pen writes well but is too light. The section has a tendency to want to unscrew from the barrel and is overall a bit creaky. For $10 I can’t complain. It is loaded with Parker Permanent Blue Black ink which was the first bottle of ink that I ever purchased. This ink is decidedly teal in colour. There is an argument to be made for the blue component but whoever put black in the name was smoking something at the time. The colour is similar to the Blue Suede currently in the Edison but it has none of the shading properties of the Private Reserve ink.

All of these are held in a NockCo Brasstown pen case that makes its way to and from work every day. It is a great case and I’m really glad that I backed its creation on Kickstarter.

For my daily carry pens, I have standardized on pens with snap caps and pigment based inks. The red/burgundy pen is a Pilot Stella90s with Fine Nib. In the US this pen is known as a Stargazer. This is the only pen that I own which has a gold nib. It’s small size makes a fantastic pen for daily carry and I always have Sailor Kiwa Guro loaded up in it. The second pen that lives in my shirt pocket is this Pilot Metropolitan. It was purchased before the fine nibbed variant was available so I swapped the Metropolitan’s medium nib for the 78G’s fine. This pen is always inked up with Sailor Sei Boku, a great blue/black ink. These two pen and ink combinations were chosen because they perform so well in pocket notebooks and on office grade paper. While they are not my choice for correspondence writing, they get used every day for the tasks for which they were chosen.

Finally there are two paper products that I use regularly. This pocket notebook made by Hitlist Books has awesome paper in it and I prefer it to the papers found in the Field Notes Shelterwood Edition or the Doane Utility notebooks. A great product that almost nobody has heard about. For journalling I have standardized on the Apica CD11 notebooks in A5 size. They are thin, stitch bound notebooks that contain good, fountain pen friendly paper. At less than $7 for three from Jet Pens, I don’t think you can find a better bang for your dollar. I burn through one of these books every month; good stuff.

Favourite Combo:
The Edison is newly arrived and I’m still in the honeymoon phase with this pen. The pen is gorgeous and apart from the scent of the freshly turned acrylic, I can find no faults.

Least Favourite Combo:
I am not in love with my TWSBI pens. When they were new I bought into the whole system, inkwells and all, but I think there are definite engineering flaws in the nib/section design. I know of no other pen design where the nib holder is used to attach the section to the pen’s barrel. I have had warranty work done on my 580 and the creaky section of the 540 doesn’t give me confidence.

Editor’s Note:

Wow, this is one detailed loadout! Thank you so much for explaining in depth the pens you’ve been carrying. I think notes like this are great – they really give people an insight into how a pen holds up over time.

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The Move Bolt Action EDC Pen Review

The Move – Bolt Action EDC Pen
Designed by Oliver Sha

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen



Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen


There has been a void on my keychain that has been begging to be filled. When I saw the Zebra Pen Pod, I was super happy to have a low profile pen to live on my keychain. Well, it was lost before I could review it due to a poor cap design. In steps The Move, a super small, super portable bolt-action pen designed by Oliver Sha. The pen was successfully Kickstarted and I was excited to see how it held up when Oliver offered a pen for me to review. Thank to Oliver for sending it over!

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

Appearance and Construction:

The Move is small. It’s supposed to be small. It’s not much longer than a standard key, but it’s still shorter than my Honda car key. It’s made of metal, and hard-anodized with a slightly textured finish. The pen has a bulge towards the front to improve grip and the small bolt action mechanism protrudes slightly from the side. The pen is very well constructed and designed, with o-rings to keep parts from unscrewing, and tight tolerances. It’s fairly obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of the pen. It’s minimal, yet big enough to jot down some notes with. The pen attaches to a keyring easily via the small integrated loop at the top of the pen. The material is thick enough at the top to where I don’t have to worry about it snapping off and getting lost.

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen


I won’t be using the Move for any long note taking sessions. Why? Because it’s small. Really small. But guess what? That’s the point. It’s right there on my keychain when I need it and its light weight and minimal size make it a great addition to my EDC. The finish has a slight texture, and is comfortable in hand. I’m glad the grip is thicker than the small barrel of the pen. It’s actually a bit wider at the grip than a standard BIC or Papermate ballpoint pen. The tip of the pen screws off, revealing the Lamy M22 barrel-style ballpoint refill that the pen was designed around. The bolt-action mechanism works GREAT. It feels like it wants to be both extended and retracted. I’ve never found the pen accidentally open on my keys, and that’s exactly how it should be. I find myself playing with it pretty often, it makes a satisfying “snap” when it clicks into position.

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen

Writing Performance:

There’s not too much to say about the writing performance. It’s a Lamy M22 ballpoint refill, and due to the pen being the size that it is, that is the only refill it can take. It performs decently well, but for quick notes – ballpoints are reliable, and relatively resistant to bad paper, wetness, and whatever else you can throw at it.


  • Filled my keychain pen void very well
  • Quality construction / design
  • Bolt mechanism is fun to play with


  • Starting at $52, it’s not an impulse buy

Move Pen by Oliver Sha Review EDC Keychain Pen


The Move is a great little pen, and always having one on me (via keychain) is quite convenient. The pen is designed well, built well, and does the job it was designed to do perfectly. Thank you again to Oliver for sending it over to review!



Disclaimer: I was given this pen free of charge and receive no compensation for my review, but that doesn’t mean I don’t 100% believe what I said!

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