Field notes memo books

Andy Welfle says:
200803141050 Field Notes is a stylish little pocket notebook inspired by "the vanishing subgenre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list," according to their website. What's more, they use graph paper, which is fairly rare, and they are pretty darn durable, too. (I'm not affiliated with the company, but I am a fan)

I bought a pack, and here are some photos of when I accidentally sent one through the washer. It did fall apart, but I was still able to pick the pages apart and transcribe my important notes to a new one.

And in case you want to see a review, I just posted one to my blog at Pencil Things (Where I had the review of the Eberhard Faber Blackwing you picked up in September):



  1. Without seeing these up close or in-person, they seem to just be Molekine ‘Cahier’ notebooks, with some printing on them. Am I missing something?

  2. FWIW:

    Rite in the Rain gets my vote, too. Moleskine’s branding is based on resurrecting a “lost” notebook form, while this is just a take on an authentic fieldbook style still very much in use by photographers, geologists, biologists, and birders….

  3. Rite in the rain is waterproof, comes in lots of sizes and styles including spiral bound so you can fold it open for easier writing and costs less. I use them all the time, they are common in environmental work. The covers are a durable plastic that is flexible as well.

  4. I love you, Boing-Boing. But not as much as I love my Miquel-Rius notebooks:
    Believe me, I have spent years searching for the indestructible back-pocket notebook with graph paper. This is it. And apparently, it works with fountain pens, although we all know there’s nothing like a Uni-ball Gel Impact for keeping things smooth.

  5. This may be seen as a bit of a tangent, but I couldn’t resist sharing this little bit of history.

    As a student job I work for the UWDC in Madison, WI. We are digitizing the papers and field journals of Aldo Leopold, an influential ecologist and environmentalist. The other day I was going through one of his old notebooks — for digitization purposes. The quality of the paper is just beautiful, even after all this time. There is a certain beauty to a carefully handwritten notebook.

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