Field notes are always a part of our EDC around here. This one holds a special place in our hearts.
After ten years of making (and using) our memo books, we’ve come to realize that the ruler on the inside of the back cover is one of Field Notes’ most frequently-used but least-acknowledged features. We’ve been known to tear off a back cover of a filled-up book just to have an accessible ruler on hand around the office, workbench, or printing press. For this edition, we designed a new flip-out ruler (inches on one side, centimeters on the other) that folds out of the back cover. Upon seeing our mockup, our printer said “it can’t be done! The binding machine will cut the ruler off!” Then they remembered they love doing things that “can’t be done” and figured it out: with the edge of the back cover indented 1/8" from the rest of the book, it worked like a charm.
Inside, you’ll find “Pure White” Mohawk Via Vellum 70# text stock. It’s ruled in an unobtrusive “Get-It-Done Gray,” with the aforementioned ledger lines or engineer grid. This vellum stock is heavy, toothy and can’t wait to meet your favorite pen or pencil. Three tough black staples hold the books together, and the outside corners are rounded to a 3/8" radius.