|Brand Name||Field Notes|
|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||0.8 x 3.5 x 5.5 inches|
|Item model number||FN-21|
|Number of Items||3|
|Sheet Size||3.5x5.5 inch|
|Brightness Rating||0.01 lm|
|Manufacturer Part Number||FBA_RN-21|
Field Notes Pitch Black Dot Grid Memo Books, 3-Pack (3.5x5.5-Inch)
|Price:||$19.95 & FREE Shipping|
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- Dot Graph Pattern
- 48 pages
- 3 Books per pack - banded and shrink-wrapped
- Made in the USA
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Field Notes, Pitch Black Edition 3-Pack contains 3, 3.5 X 5.5 memo pads with French 100-lb Blacktop covers featuring Stealth Gray text and 48 dot graph pages. Manufactured in America the Field Notes Pitch Black Memo Book is bound with shiny black staples, made from heavyweight, durable materials and contains an all-new list of Practical Applications.
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It's not one big thing, but a lot of little things that make these great. They are thin and flat, and easily slip in and out of my back pocket when I'm out in the field. If I forget and leave my Field Notes in my back pocket when I sit down, they are flexible enough to bend and conform so it isn't uncomfortable or jarring, and the notebooks are sturdy enough to handle that stress. The printing for the grids and lines is clear enough to be a visual guide, but light enough to fade to the background if you write big or sketch over it. The inside back cover is a quirky list of "Practical Applications" (things you can use the notebook for), along with a breakdown of how the notebook was made (Made in the USA, if you're curious).
I also like the 48-page length (that's counting front and back) -- it's long enough without being too long. I've used notebooks with nearly twice as many pages, but in my opinion, that's too many notes for a single notebook, and it becomes cumbersome to find things that I've written. When I near the end of a Field Notes notebook (after filling it with notes), it feels like a very natural point to switch to a new notebook. (Your mileage may vary on that point.)
I really like the classic brown Field Notes covers, but the seasonal "Colors" editions make for a nice change of pace -- I go thru several notebooks a month, so it's nice to switch back-and-forth between standard and special editions.
So, I'm primarily a front pocket carry person. This gets chucked into the same pocket as my keys and a pen. Front pocket carrying tends to be a little more forgiving the rear pocket carrying, but less than jackets or bags. I mostly use these notebook indoors, but have used out in non-raining conditions.
Overall, this is a good notebook. The paper is sufficiently bright to make writing easy, and the dot grid is sufficiently subdued that it aids you in drawing straight lines, curves, and centering your lettering. The paper quality itself is good: I've used it with fountain pens, roller balls, and gel pens. I've had the best luck with fountain pens (although other reviewers have had bleed through issues, I have not with my fine tip Pilot Metro). Pens like the Uniball Jetstream work well with it, as does the Fisher Space Pen (although the smaller page size does tend to make the inevitable smearing of the Fisher seem worse than usual).
My preferred comparison here is Moleskin. I used to love Moleskin notebooks. Although, recently, I've had not so great luck with them. I think Moleskin paper still feels glassier--which can be good or bad depending on what kind of writing instrument you use and how much "bite" you like on paper. But some of my recent Moleskin purchases have shown a real lack of durability: binding tearing out prematurely, for example.
Fields Notes are just staples, so they're not "legacy grade" notebooks. They're more "working" notebooks. Good to carry around, jot down notes or ideas, and then maybe stick in a drawer.
Every writer has a different ideal medium, so you may love or hate these depending on what you go in wanting. But I think these are great everyday notebooks. They're cheap. The paper quality is perfectly acceptable. And they're sufficiently durable to carry around in your pocket as long as you aren't expecting miracles from a paper cover.
I've heard of and seen these notebooks before but like finding something to write on, I immediately forgot about it. I then watched an EDC video Adam Savage did ( [...] ) and 2 of his most important items were a field notes and a fisher bullet space pen Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen - Matte Black
I ordered them both and have been relieved ever since. I'm never without something to write on or with. This pad has a nice low profile and fits comfortably in your pocket, whether it be shirt or pants. I was a little concerned with it getting wet (I work outside, sweating, and in the rain sometimes) but unlike a typical pad that curls up and streaks, this pad has held up very well. Some minor bleed but it hasn't malformed and given me a reason to chuck it. I was also concerned about page count but it's been months and I'm still using the first of the 3 books. It is well worth the price in my book and glad that there are a range of styles and page layouts that can suit everyone's needs.