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Field Notes “Ambition” – Winter 2014 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Winter 2014 Colors Edition
“Ambition”

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Specs From Field Notes:

“Our old friends French Paper Co. of Niles, Michigan supplied “Olive,” “Wine,” and “Chocolate” 100# Speckletone for the covers, with production bouncing around the Midwest for the last few weeks. Printing started in Chicago’s suburbs at eDoc, then the covers were delivered to Nu Wave Diecutting & Finishing in downtown Chicago to emboss the cover logo. After a trip back to eDoc for bindery, they were trucked down to Liberty Book and Bible in Indianapolis for a process nearly as old as bookbinding, but all-new to us!”

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Notes:

Wow. That’s what I said when I saw these online for the first time. It’s like they made an edition for me. There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about these. The muted tones, the gold ink, the different (and very useful) rulings in each book, and the awesome gilded edges all add up to probably my favorite FN edition yet. The books each have a different ruling.

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The green is a ledger (which I’m using to help myself budget and save) a 56 week day book (which I’m using to micro-journal) and a standard graph book for everything else that doesn’t fit in the first two. I’m currently carrying the book in a Midori-style leather cover that holds the three books in place with elastic bands (Thanks to Cary Yeager of Fountain Pen Day for that!).

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Like I said before, there’s nothing about these books that I don’t like. The paper in Field Notes has been historically mediocre when using a fountain pen, but finer nibs and the right ink will work on these with no issues.

I’m probably going to be using gel though, specifically one of my favorites – the Zebra Sarasa 0.7mm in Dark Green. Like all of the “COLORS” editions, this one is limited so get over to Field Notes ASAP if you like what you see. I picked up three packs and I’m seriously considering more!

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This was not staged. I was really wearing all of the colors that this edition came in. Like I said, I think they were made for me.

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Field Notes Unexposed Fall 2014 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Fall 2014 Colors Edition
“Unexposed”

 

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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Notes:

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.

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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?

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Field Notes Shelterwood Spring Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Spring 2014 Colors Edition
“Shelterwood”

Field Notes Colors Spring 2014 Shelterwood Review

Specs From Field Notes:

“The covers are left uncoated with text printed in a triple-hit of “Ghostflower White” which remains slightly opaque, the wood texture showing through like a faded whitewashed fence. Inside covers are mossy green text on kraft paper. The guts of the books are Finch Fine “Soft White” 70# text stock, the same beefy stock you loved in our “America the Beautiful” Edition. They’re ruled in “Maidenhair Green,” and bound together with three sturdy gold staples.”

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Handwritten Review Scans
(Click here for a full PDF – Field Notes Shelterwood Review)

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Notes:

So these look really awesome. The covers are made of a very thin wood veneer that’s bonded to kraft paper. The paper inside is a 70#T “soft white” that’s noticeably thicker (and more fountain pen friendly) than their standard 50#T paper. The ruling is a nice green color, and it’s in the form of lines. It’s been a while since I’ve used a lined Field Notes, and I can say that I did miss it. Make sure to check out the handwritten review scans for the fronts and backs of all of the pages I used for the review. I tried something new this time and used my Doxie Flip to make a PDF of the review.  Please let me know what you think!

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One thing I noticed is that the covers do have a hard time staying closed on their own. I think I’m going to be using my Field Notes General Purpose Band of Rubber to help keep this one closed. Other than the fact that this is the most fountain pen friendly FN I’ve used, I don’t think I have much else so say about this awesome seasonal release. Act fast, because they tend to sell out. Good thing I ordered two packs, because these are going to see some serious use.

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Paperscreen Four/Five Pocket Notebook – Review

Paperscreen Notebooks
Four / Five

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Specs:

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  • Ink Resistant Recycled Paper
  • Rounded corners
  • Hand-sewn binding
  • Hand made in Germany
  • Sized to fit an iPhone 4/4S/5/5S
  • 48 lined pages (also available in graph, blank)
  • ~$6.50 / 3 pk.

Notes:

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Paperscreen is a brand new company out of Germany that is hand making notebooks in an original format. Instead of using regular paper sizes, they have decided to use the screen sizes of popular electronic devices. At first this seemed a bit gimmicky, but in practice, it actually works quite well for carrying/packing in a bag. I use an iPhone 5, and the notebooks definitely “piggyback” well with the phone. The smaller, slimmer size is also more pocket-friendly than the typical 3.5″x5.5″ pocket notebook. Rounded out with fountain pen-friendly paper and a bunch of different formats, the Paperscreen notebooks are a refreshing entry into the ever-growing world of pocket notebooks. Make sure to check out the Gallery at the bottom of the post, I wen’t a bit photo-crazy and there are a lot more there that aren’t in the review!

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Thank you to Paperscreen for sending the notebooks for review! They’re available for sale through their website, which is mostly in German. Hopefully we’ll see these notebooks available stateside sooner rather than later!

Appearance and Construction:

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The Paperscreen notebooks I received had grey covers and tan kraft paper covers. They have minimal branding, which is welcomed. There’s a small logo on the bottom front of the books, and a scannable QR code on the back. The inside cover has a few lines for identification. They’re minimalistic, and I like them. The books are stitch-bound by hand, and it’s been holding up in my pocket for a few weeks with zero problems.

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I think I might prefer the stitch binding to the traditional 3-staple binding because it’s less likely to fail. I’ve had the covers come off of several staple bound pocket notebooks, and I hate to see that happen. The Paperscreen notebooks are well-constructed and I have no doubt that they’ll hold up in a pocket for the life of the notebook.

Performance and Feel:

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I was quite surprised at how well the Paperscreen recycled paper handles fountain pen ink. There’s no bleed to be found, even with heavier flowing pens. I didn’t expect much from the off-white, recycled paper, but I was pleasantly surprised. Dry time is decent as well since the paper has no coating. The paper has a small amount of texture which can give some extra feedback, depending on the fine-ness of the nib. I’m happy with how the paper performs and feels, especially for a pocket notebook.

Color and Ruling:

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The paper in the Paperscreen notebooks is off-white, leaning more towards grey. This is typical with recycled paper, as the ones I’ve seen aren’t usually bright white. The ruling on both notebooks is lined, but I appreciate the attention to detail here. The Five’s lines are further apart than those of the Four. I really like when manufacturers take notebook size into consideration when determining how to space the ruling.

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A small notebook with wide ruling just doesn’t make much sense, and I’m glad Paperscreen chose to adjust the ruling with the size of the book. That being said, the lines themselves are light grey and relatively unobtrusive. I wish the paper was a tiny bit brighter as to better show off ink colors, but it performs well, so I can’t really complain.

 

Conclusion:

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It’s great to see a new company try new things. In this case, I believe they have a good product. The sizing is definitely different, but it makes sense. If you are already carrying a phone in your pocket, then having a notebook of the same size minimizes the “footprint” and bulk in your pocket. I find the notebooks to be perfect for lists, as they are a bit more narrow than the standard 3.5″ x 5.5″ notebooks. I keep a small daily journal, and I much prefer the 3.5″ x 5.5″ because of the extra room, but the Paperscreen notebooks are ideal for writing things down quickly. Thanks again to Paperscreen for sending the notebooks over for review. I’ll have another review coming soon for the iPad sized version as well. Thanks for reading!

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Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Paperscreen Notebooks. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

Field Notes Colors Edition Update and Why I Now Like Orange…

This isn’t so much a review, as it is me drooling over how awesome my Field Notes Drink Local Colors Edition – IPA looks. It’s amazing. Absolutely, 100% awesome. This notebook has worn in so well, I wish I had a hundred of them. I’ve been carrying the book for about a month so far, it lives in the front pocket of my jeans. The book is almost done (Brad Dowdy would be proud), and I can’t wait to use the red one to see if it does the same thing (I really hope it does). The first half of the book is sectioned out into 3 boxes per page, and I’ve been using that as a journal. I was inspired by the Word. Standard Memorandum – which I think is a hair too small for me. the back half of the book is reserved for notes and other miscellany. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I’m enjoying this book. The way the finish wore around the corners is nothing short of beautiful. I think I now officially like the color orange…

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The book in question is the one all the way on the left, you can see it looks a little different now.
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Oh man. Just look at the outer edge of the notebook. There’s a high contrast fade showing a light yellow underneath. Also, paired with a blacked out Tactile Turn “Z” because halloween.
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The coating also gives the book some added durability, no signs of total destruction like the unfinished ones (I’m looking at you Night Sky).
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The back is just as good, if not better than the front. I think I’m going to frame this thing when I’m done.

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