Discussion in 'Pens and Pencils and Paper' started by bigfoot, Dec 1, 2012.
Do they have the bright green federal government notebooks on there? I love those, didn't see them.
The "leader books"? No, I haven't seen them on there. Sorry about that.
I use Field Notes!
Moleskines. I use hard covered ones for work, and Cahiers for journaling. My journals travel with me every day, and have been backpacking in the mountains, in the deserts, Thailand, Belize...I've been through probably two dozen and they've never let me down...with one exception. The flip-top reporter's journal in the 5x7 size tends to have binding issues. Other than that, though, works for me. The paper feel under the pen, the placekeeper ribbon, the closure elastic, the handy pocket in the back, even the darned smell, so much just keeps me coming back to Moleskine.
I really liked the idea of Field Notes, but saw an interview of the originator and CEO on YouTube.
I immediately didn't like him. Seems like an arrogant tool. So I will buy my notebooks elsewhere.
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I've had good luck with Banditapple Carnet notebooks. They are available in a few sizes and are quite cheap. I can't vouch as to how well they hold up for pocket carry as I carry mine inside of the Pelle leather journal so they don't get too beat up. They hold up really well to fountain pens though, it's the first little notebook I've bought that I've been able to write on both sides of the paper with no issues at all.
Goulet's sells them here... http://www.gouletpens.com/Banditapple_Carnet_s/1248.htm If you decide you like them and want to stock up, you can buy them direct from the manufacturer in Korea for a bit cheaper. Google-Fu will find an email address to get ahold of him, I don't happen to have it handy.
Disclaimer: I do not work for or get kickbacks from Goulet or anything. Just a satisfied customer.
I use a rite in the rain "Level field book" for work and have had to use it in a constant drizzle to not quite a downpour. was still able to write notes, found that my fisher pen did run a little, with the paper holding up. It does fit in my back pocket, barely, however the rite in the rain "All Weather Journal" is a little bit smaller and fits nicely in the back pocket.
My wife has custom made me several PocketMod notebooks to keep track of my vehicle mileage, etc. The flexibility and homemade touch is very nice. I have also used the Field Notes brand and like those as well. I have a variety of colors for different tasks. My favorite is the Rite In The Rain notebooks because I am frequently inspecting, responding to or investigating incidents in a variety of weather conditions. A simple pencil or Rite In The Rain pen with these notebooks and I'm good to go.
i really only have experience with moleskin, but im going to have to try something else for my next notebook because these daymned things dont seem to want to absorb gel ink. serious, just about every gel pen ive tried on them smears for a ridiculous amount of time. zebra takes about 20 minutes to fully dry....kind of annoyes me. like everything else about them
The Memoranda books take gel ink reasonably well, but it still takes a second to try. I don't recall how well the RitR books soak gel ink. MoleSkine and Field Notes are about the same in terms of paper absorbency, in my opinion.
This is my current setup, i carry it to work everyday. The rite in the rain notebook i haven't used yet but i normally carry the small leather notebook in my pocket while at work. Holds up pretty well i think it was like 7 bucks on amazon.
All I've used is a small soft cover moleskine as I only recently started carrying a notebook (about 6 months ago) ad all that's up with it is that it's a bit, well shaped from riding in my back pocket daily but that makes it pretty comfy to carry and it's a bit blue at the edges from my jeans but other than that it's golden.
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I recently received the Expedition edition of the Field Notes books. These are water-proof and tear-proof synthetic 'paper' pages. Very similar to Rite In The Rain paper, these pages don't absorb ink so pen selection is important to avoid smearing. I've switched from a UniBall JetStream to the Uni Power Tank for this notebook.
I can't comment on the durability of the cover, staples and pages as I've had the book for just a few days.
Just throwing out another alternative for those looking for a new notebook to carry around.
Apparently, the first step is admitting you have a problem...
L to R: Moleskin, Skilcraft Memoranda, Moleskin Cahier, Field Notes, Rite in the Rain 3x5.
And the ultimate notebook! Tom Bihn Field Journal.
Field Journal Open, showing optional Dyneema "Mini" organizer pouch clipped inside.
Field Journal Open (5.5 x 8.5" tabbed dividers from Avery).
I use Moleskine and Rite In The Rain, I like Field Notes colors though.
I use a hardcover Mole akin for journaling (although I suck at doing it regularly) and EDC a Rite in the Rain 3x5 notebook.
Rhodia #12 and a leather cover from HideBound, Vintage Traveler color. Wish I would've gotten an inner pocket on it. Maybe a second one in the future.
I'm fast becoming a fan of small Moleskine pads (Cahier and Volant), though I have noticed fountain pen pretty much makes the paper one sided. Having said that, I wouldn't normally be using them with a fountain pen.
Yes -- here they are. NSN -7511 looks to be a top-bound smaller version of the notebooks from what I can tell.
NSN 7530-00-222-0078 (side bound 3 1/2" x 5 1/2"), NSN 7530-01-060-7511 (top bound 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"), NSN 7530-00-243-9366 (top bound 3 1/2" x 5 1/2")
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