Monday, April 16, 2012

Field Notes "National Crop Edition"

So, when I arrived home today, there was this lovely box from my Field Notes Colors Subscription waiting for me - the Field Notes "National Crop Edition".

I hadn't read about this edition prior to opening it, so I was quite surprised at what was included in this thoughtful package. Living in rural Minnesota, I felt a bit of pride for our rich agricultural industry as I went through the contents.

First, you get this cool little Field Notes crop patch, which includes the six crops represented in the notebooks.

Looks pretty cool, right? I think I might affix this to my hiking bag, or maybe the cargo pants I use for  yard work.

Ok. Now for the notebooks. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

 As you can see, the colors of the notebooks match each crop, plus you get little tidbits of information on the back cover. 

Underneath all of the notebooks, tucked in the bottom of the box, was this crop map. I think it's interesting to consider how each of these crops has had a profound impact on the history, economies, lifestyle, and the migration of people throughout U.S. History. 

Of the different Field Notes releases that I've seen, this one is my favorite. I think it is one the most thoughtful set of notebooks I have seen, though much of this may be my appreciation for the agricultural history of the U.S. At any rate, I loved receiving it, and I recommend getting your hands on a set, especially if you have some green thumbs/farmers in the family that might like to receive it as a gift. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Question from a Reader

I received an e-mail asking about finding the perfect pen for signing books, and I wanted to open this question up on Economy Pens to see what everyone else recommends, so please comment and help this guy find some new pens to try!

"I am desperately trying to find a pen to sign books with.  I have spent hours researching Uni-balls and Pentels and Pilots and Sharpies and I still can not tell what the best type of pen is for signing the title page of a trade paperback.  I need something that dries quickly (which I guess means no gel pens) and something with no acid (archival quality), and low bleeding (no liquid inks) but something that is smooth.  Suggestions I have heard are the new Sharpie pens, Jetstream from Uni-ball, which supposedly has a new hybrid ink, or the Energel Deluxe pens from Pentel.  I thought this would be easier than it has turned out to be, and any recommendations you could give would be wonderful"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper

Alright folks, the April Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper has arrived! If you haven't seen some of these blogs before, you may want to add them to your favorites and check out their archives.

If you like the postings (and the Carnival) please leave comments!

Editor's Picks:

Leigh Reyes presents TWSBI meets vintage nib

Brian Goulet, of The Goulet Pen Co., shares the beautiful Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Maki-e Pens

Joe Hoover, of the Pen Manufactory, introduces his new business where you can design your own custom-turned pens in About penmanufactory

Azizah, of gourmet pens, delves into the intricacies of the Midori Traveler's Notebook (Large, Brown), the Pelle Journal (Burnt Cognac, Large), and then provides a very worthwhile comparison in 'The Large Brown Midori Traveler's Notebook vs. Large Burnt Cognac Pelle Leather Journal

TonyB, of Tiger Pens Blog, reminds us to be smart about our addiction in Save Money, Buy Pen Refills

La Vie Graphite thoughtfully reflects on Lettered Trails


Pen Review: Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Maki-e with fine nib from East...West...Everywhere (suggested by Azizah, Gourmet Pens)

Joni, of Daydreamers Welcome, presents A Pen Review: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3mm, in a multi-color, 10-pack set

JetPens Blog: Exclusive Interview: Michael Gutberlet of Kaweco

Diane, of Pocket Blonde, shares her review of the Lamy CP1 Titanium Fountain Pen

Brad, of The Pen Addict, provides his insight on the Rotring Rapidograph 0.35 mm

Millie shows us A Look at Lamy's Inter-changeable Nibs

Uni-ball Signo DX 0.28mm Emerald Green review from A Penchant for Paper

Julie, of Peacable Writer, presents Tale of a Vandal Pen User: Back to Vintage

Lamy Nexx Citron - Medium Nib, Blue Cartridge, presented by Stationary Review

Tombow Egg Rollerball Matte Black, presented by Multi-Pen Dimensions

Lung Sketching Scrolls presents a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen Sepia Set Spotlight

Seth, of Good Pens, presents Baltz Fine Writing Instruments "The Carraway"


A review of Three black pencils, from Bleistift

No Pen Intended conducts a Quick Sketch Test: Pentel High Quality Colored Pencils

AutoPoint TwinPoint Mechanical Pencil from The Well-Appointed Desk

Drawing with a Squirrel presents the Stabilo EASYergo pencil

SunSet Colored Pencils from My Supply Room


Julie (Okami) presents her contribution in the Rhodia Journal Swap Project - Round 2

Janet, of Organized Assitant, shares her review of the BusyBodyBook Organizers

Brian, of OfficeSupplyGeek, reviews the Keyboard Note Tabs - Visited, Emailed, Called from the Muji Store

Tyler Dahl (Tyler Dahl Fountain Pens) reviews the "Mead Moleskine"

What is the right size for a notebook? presented by Recording Thoughts

Pencil Talk compares the Field Notes Brand vs. The Office Supply Cabinet


An in-depth  look at the Rohrer and Klingner Complete Brand Review from Brian Goulet

David, of Seize the Dave, shows his lettering skills in an Ink Review: Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa

Stationary Traffic reviews Noodler's #41 Brown ink

David, of Seize the Dave, presents an Ink review: noodler's black revisited...

"I'm In The Mood For Green - Ink That Is", presented by Inkophile


ThirdeYe presents his "new" Parker "51" Special loaded with Diamine Syrah

Cheryl, of Writer's Bloc, discusses a few options in "What can you do with extra new or used notebooks, paper, pens and stationary?"


Leah, of the Quo Vadis Blog, shares Dr. Beltrami's Prescription for Better Time Management (Dr. Beltrami is the founder of Quo Vadis)

Travisthetrout, of Notes in a Book, provides helpful insight for fellow bloggers in How to: Organise your Blogging (#2: The Posting Schedule)

Leah, of the Quo Vadis Blog, sends in "Do We Know Who We Are?", by mj monaghan

The Blog of the European Paper Company shares important knowledge in EPC's Eco-Glossary

'10 Benefits of Writing Diary/Journal', submitted by Charles Chua from

Liz Andra Shaw tells an office supply story in "You Can't Make This Stuff Up"

Michael provides some helpful tips in "Thank You Wording - What to Say in a Thank You Card" at