Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pokka Pens Review

Pokka Pens are a U.S company making EDC pocket pens. They are made in the U.S out of ABS polymer that feels very sturdy considering how light weight they are. One of the main features of this pen is how small it is. Closed it measures just under three and a half inches and posted it measures five and half inches. The capping and posting of this pen is another great feature.  The pen has two o-rings on one end that give the pen a very satisfying "POP" then you cap/uncap or post the pen. In addition to that it also allows the pens to float and keep water and dirt out of the pen.

On to the writing experience. The pens write well, about like a Bic Crystal. Like most ballpoint pens it takes a little pressure to write with, but when writing it's very smooth. If you write in all conditions you're in luck because Pokka Pens have just partnered with Rite in The Rain and Fisher Space Pens to make an all weather version. It's made out of the same ABS polymer and branded with the Rite in the Rain logo and features a Fisher Space Pen refill. They are slightly more expensive, however, with all the extra reliability in different conditions you're getting, it is definitely worth it.

Pokka Pens are refillable but inexpensive enough to not need to worry about if you lose one. I think these are great reliable EDC pocket pens for using when and wherever you might need them. They write very well and are available in a multitude of colors and patterns. 

If you have any questions about this review or others or any suggestions for future reviews feel free to email me at or comment below. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Pokka Pens

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Way Back When Pencil Case

I was recently contacted by Lars, one of the creators of the Way Back When pencil case on Kickstarter, to feature their project. This product looks to be a quality leather pencil case, with an interesting and unique design. It measures in at 15.7" open, 7" tall and just over 5" wide when closed. It has 20 elastic straps for pens, pencils or anything that will fit. And two larger straps for anything thicker than normal pens and pencils like erasers, as well as a pocket in the flap. The campaign is already funded, so they will be making them. The project runs another 11 days as of the posting of this. I've included some photos and links to the project and their Facebook page below.

I was not compensated for this post and I do not own this product. All opinions are based on what I can see in the photos.

Stay tuned for a review later this week.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Field Notes End Papers Edition Review

End Papers is the fall 2018 limited edition of Field Notes notebooks. Right off the bat I'd like to say that this is one of my favorites. This edition is an all new size for Field Notes coming in at 3 1/2"x7". This size makes it very close to the size of the Hobonichi Weeks planner. It has 68 pages that are Smyth sewn into three signatures and glued to the cover. The most stand out feature lends this notebook its name. Field Notes has gotten permission from the University of Washington to reproduce two marbled paper patterns as end pages in this edition. The green book features a "Schrottel" pattern and the blue a "Antique Straight" pattern.

The Paper on the inside is Mohawk Via Vellum 70#T "Pure White" that should perform well with most fountain pens and does superbly well with pencils. This paper has a decent amount of tooth to it so expect some feedback. All the pages on the left are blank while all the pages on the right are lined. I really like this setup and think it would be great for a story book or some type of pictorial journal.

 The first Lamy was running out of ink. Thats not a paper issue.

The covers feel incredibly sturdy and are made with French Paper's "Timber Green" and "Nightshift Blue". The books fit easily in the back pocket being the same width as their standard memo book, but due to there height they do stick out of the pocket considerably.

I think Field Notes have done a great job on this edition as always. I would be interested in seeing Field Notes adding a version of this to their regular lineup as part of a "Signature Line" of notebooks along side the current signature books. 

As always if you have any questions about this review or others or have a suggestion for a future review feel free to email me at or comment below. Thanks for reading and have a great day! 

Field Notes Rams edition

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