Monday, May 28, 2018

Rite In The Rain No.135 3x5 Top spiral review

The Rite In The Rain No.135 is a 3x5 top spiral notepad that feature one hundred pages or fifty sheets of Rite In The Rain's proprietary paper. The paper inside the notepad features a special hydrophobic coating and RITR's unique "Universal" page ruling that has solid ruled lines and dotted vertical grid lines. The cover of the notepad is made of a "Polydura" plastic like material that is very durable and holds up extremely well.

The notepads feature a double wire top spiral binding that is very robust and very unlikely to fail. The exterior of the front cover feature RITR's logo, and the model number of the notebook. The back cover features an inch and a centimeter ruler as well as info on the paper, recycling info, website and address of the company, item, NSN, and ISBN numbers, a bar code, and RITR's slogan.

The inside of the front cover features Three different scale rulers, U.S to Metric and Metric to U.S conversions, English linear measurements, and map scales English and Metric. The inside of the back cover features a list of pens that do and do not work, more products they sell, and more company info.

*The photos of the inside of the covers and the pen test have had the contrast altered slightly to make info more legible.*
*In the first two photos you may have notice that the corners of the covers are missing. That's a mod I did with finger nail clippers to help the books slide in and out of the pocket easier.*

The RITR notepad do what they are designed to do very, very well and they hold up amazingly so.
If you want a super durable all weather notepad you can't go wrong with RITR.

As always, if you have any suggestions for future reviews, or questions about a review feel free to comment below or email me. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fisher Space Pen AG7 Review

The Fisher Space Pen AG7 is the original Fisher Space Pen. The pen originally came out in 1966 and was famously used by Apollo astronauts. The pen was not originally designed to write in space however, but the design of the cartridge lended itself to do so so well that after years of testing, it became the first pen approved by N.A.S.A for space flight.

The pen body is made of chrome plated brass and features a unique nock/clicking mechanism. To extend the pen point you depress the button on top like you would on any normal clicky type pen. But to retract the pen point, pressing the top button won't get you anywhere, and you need to depress the button on the side of the pen. Having this unique operation not only lends itself to easily being able to tell if the pen tip is deployed, but also aids in the operation during space flight. To me this pen has the nicest click mechanism that I have ever used. It has a very pleasant "thunk" when actuating the pen.

At the end of the barrel, the pen has one long spiraling groove to aid in gripping the pen when you write, which helps with the Fisher refills as they take a bit more pressure to write with. The pen also features a very nice deep carry pocket clip that helps the pen almost disappear in to the pocket.

The Fisher refill is great, and it writes practically anywhere. The refill also comes in a wide variety of colors. The fine refills can sometimes write a little bit smoother but it really depends on the refill.

This is what I carry with me everyday to take notes, and it works great. The only downside to this pen is that it is a little back heavy. But that may or may not be an issue to you. If you are looking for a solid clicky type pen to carry around to take notes, I think the AG7 is a great option.

As always if you have any suggestions for future reviews or any questions be sure to comment below or feel free to email me. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Log+Jotter Subscription Review

Log+Jotter is a company out of Ohio that have a subscription service where they design two new pocket notebook covers every month. They have two versions, the classic that just features the Log+Jotter logo with different colors and minimalistic designs, and the graphic, which as the names suggest has some form of more detailed/themed design on the cover. 

When you start a subscription you can pick either the classic or the graphic for $5 a month, or you can get both for $8.50 a month. Those prices include shipping in the U.S. If you are anywhere else in the world it's $6.50 USD a month for one notebook or $11.50 USD for both. You also get to choose the ruling you want. You can pick between Graph, Dot grid, and Blank.

The cover stock featured on the books is very durable and reminds me of the covers on the Field Notes County Fair edition. They are bound with two copper staples, and they seem to wear really well. After about a week in my back pocket unprotected it still looks virtually brand new.

The paper inside the notebooks is forty pages of a really nice #60 bright white paper. It handles all everyday writing instruments very well and the thickness of the paper helps prevent the impressions you might get from writing with ballpoint or pencil. It held up to fountain pens almost shockingly well. At least to nib widths I prefer. But like always, different inks and nib widths will give you different results.

 The TWSBI is a fine nib.

The last two photos are what the book looks like after about a week in my back pocket.

One thing that really stands out on these book is the details. Not only do the outside of the covers change every month but the inside also changes slightly every month. This month there is a guitar chord chart on the inside of the front cover and a place to list your favorite songs inside the back cover.

They also have a place for your Name, phone number, start and finish dates,travel log, and an inch ruler in the front. And More details about the notebook, centimeter ruler, and an important dates list in the back. 

It's also Important to mention that they only make enough notebooks every month for the subscribers so if you are interested in trying these out, sign up soon to get June's notebook/s.

If you like mixing up your notebook/s every month this might just be the subscription for you.

If you have any questions or suggestions for future reviews be sure to comment below or feel free to email me. And as always thanks for reading and have a great day!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Write Notepads Telegraph Notebook Review

The Write Notepads Telegraph edition pays homage to Samuel Morse the inventor of the telegraph. The books feature a gray cover featuring "Telegraph" on the front and famous quotes in Morse code on the back.

The interior of the books feature sixty four pages of lined #70 paper, that works pretty well with most writing instruments. But like a lot of pocket notebooks, broader fountain pens and felt tips are the exceptions.

Write Notepads produces most of their pocket notebooks with a PUR glue binding, which is not the best when it comes to laying the notebook flat (in my opinion) and if you work the spine too much pages may fall out (I have not personally experienced this but have heard of other people having this issue [not related to the "Goldfield" edition issue]).

The paper in these notebooks is very smooth and pleasant to write on. I was also impressed with how it handled technical pens. 
The ruling on the pages is also very useful because it has a column on the left side. This makes it perfect for check lists or numbered lists.

*The first two images most accurately represent the color of the cover*

These notebooks are very high quality. And as long as you don't super overwork the spine you should have no issues (but thats true with any notebook). All of Write Notepads pocket notebooks are made in house and the attention to detail is very high. 

I would recommend these notebooks to anyone who: wants more pages in a pocket notebook (64 to be exact), likes PUR bindings, or wants a paper that works with a very wide range of writing utensils.

If you have any suggestions on future reviews or have any questions leave a comment or email me. And as always, thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Throw back Thursday: Old Memo Books

About a year after I started collecting Field Notes notebooks, I started collecting anything with handwriting on it, and especially  old/vintage memo books. Currently my collection ranges from 1895-1948, and I have a few ledgers from the 1940s to the 1960s. I mostly find these kinds of books at antique stores and most of the time they're not that expensive. The most I've paid for any one book was $40 for a ledger/daybook from 1895.

Some people want old books that haven't been written in, but I always look for the exact opposite. I want to see the math somebody did, and what they needed from the grocery store. That sort of stuff intrigues me.

I also can't get over the little details that they would put into these small books, that would often be given away for free as a way to try to get you to buy what ever product they were selling.

I hope that you've enjoyed taking a trip back in time with me.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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