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Field Notes falling apart.

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by Lefty923, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. aicolainen

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    I only take notes on paper very sporadically, and not in a very systematic fashion. To not make my notes more confusing than necessary, I remove pages that are no longer applicable. I just tear them out. The result is not pretty, and I suspect my note books will fall apart eventually. Have a bunch of small RITR that I use for now, but for the next round I should either improve my note taking to not require removal of pages, or find note books that are prepared for it.
     
  2. Nippy Dye

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    Field Notes Sweet Tooth edition released in the spring of 2016 had perforated pages which allowed sheet removal.
     
  3. Tesla

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    True , but they were a "one-off" and are not currently available on their website.
     
  4. PragmaticMurphyist

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    I used to do something similar, but recently I've changed my method. It occurred to me that taking notes or filing is a cost. The value is only derived if you look up what you noted or retrieve what you filed. Now I number my pages and use a couple of pages at the front of the notebook as an index to make retrieval as easy as possible. This also allows me to "thread" notes on a topic (adding "cont'd on page XX" and "cont'd from page XX" as needed). A bit early to tell whether it'll be worth it, and the method wouldn't suit a lot of people.

    Going back to your remove-when-no-longer-applicable method, I'm sure I've seen notebooks with perforated pages, but I'm damned if I can remember where! (Sorry!) Might be worth looking around.

    [EDIT] I really should read the posts immediately above mine, shouldn't I?! :rolleyes: Sorry, both!

    However, Silvine Originals Pocket Notebook are about the right size and perforated. There's also the Berlin Notebook, though only the last 8 pages are perforated. [/EDIT]

    I wish you success with whatever method you use.
     
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  5. aicolainen

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    Gotcha.
    "Not applicable" might not be the best description of the condition that will make me remove old notes.
    I should have mentioned that my primary note taking happens in the digital domain. Not very classy, but hey, it works.
    I just make notes on paper in a a few situations where it's more practical, and I usually digitize those notes at a later time. At that time my paper notes become "not applicable" and removing them helps me keep track of what has been digitized.

    Sure, there is a cost to taking notes, but there is often a cost to not taking enough notes as well. Finding the most practical and cost effective system is a good way to ensure that you make those crucial notes, and are able to retrieve them and make sense of them. For me this is still a work in progress, so I appreciate others sharing what works for them!
     
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  6. PragmaticMurphyist

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    I think our work patterns are similar - I use Evernote with a notebook for backup.

    Maybe I'll give your system a try!
     
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  7. Inner Prop

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    The reason I asked about tear-outs is the other day I pulled up to a fire scene and the incident commander told me to go interview witnesses for hazardous materials. Afterward, I handed him my notes.

    I'm on the company Emergency Response Team (kind of like a fire brigade) and this was a pharmaceutical plant. I have a Leuchtturm 1917 but I stopped carrying it in my pocket because I sweat on it too much. It was in my briefcase in the car, not in my turnout bag. I want to put something in my turnout bag and potentially in my coat.

    I wonder if you could tear out a page in a FN Expedition with a straight edge rather than cut it.
     
  8. neo71665

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    Do ya not carry trauma shears on ya when responding?

    I know all of our carry is different but I'm a first responder and carry a pair on me when I go out. I've used them before when I want to tear a page out but have it look better than just ripping it out.
     
  9. Inner Prop

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    I don't actually because we don't have any medical stuff with our gear. We do have these things to cut off Class A suits that are like a seatbelt cutter. I could use something like that.
     
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    Another possible approach would possibly be to have maybe a small deck of 3 x 5 index cards possibly in some sort of slip case in your pocket; I'm thinking a case that is plastic of some sort; married up with say a Fisher space pen (not the one with a removable cap but one of the clicks sort or even an ultra fine Sharpie? Or a pencil?

    Just some thoughts.

    L'chaim and best regards!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  11. ambrdrgn

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    You could get a small rotary perforator and make your own perforations.
     
  12. rdisom

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    Rite in the Rain makes something exactly like this. I have not been able to purchase from my preferred vendor yet, as they always seem to be out of stock.