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Field Notes Memo Books

Field Notes, are simple, super popular memo books. They are generally sold in 3.5″ x 5.5″ sized notebooks and 48 pages in graph, ruled, and plain paper decorations. The brand is well known for its limited edition runs and many cover options.

The most standard, most true to the original form, Field Notes notebook is the “Original Kraft.” It’s still sold today in 3-packs for about $10.

Lined Field Notes have 6.5 mm separating the lines, making them a good fit for most people. They typically use 118-lb cardstock covers and 60-lb Finch Opaque Smooth paper but special editions will vary on this formula.

Popular Field Notes Editions

Some of the more notable Field Notes offerings and why they are popular/special.

  • Field Notes Cherry – Wood veneer cover
  • Field Notes Expedition – Made of Yupo synthetic paper, which is wood-free and highly water resistant
  • Field Notes Pitch Black – Black cardstock covers with stealthy coloring

Field Notes Review

Field Notes have become a cult collectors item, which makes them a bit of a rarity in the world of office supplies. So many products are viewed a simply another pen or pencil that seeing something that is collectible or limited edition is a very cool thing. Field Notes deserves great credit for their work on their branding as well as their innovative, ever-changing covers.

As the heart of it, Field Notes are pocket-sized staple-bound notebooks. They are well made, but you wouldn’t pick on up and be shocked at its quality. The paper is nothing special — it’s definitely good, but it’s not anything you’d buy the notebook specifically for.

Perhaps the best part of the Field Notes memo is the excellent choice of cover. The cardstock covers are strong enough to hold up for the life of the notebook but flexibly enough to put in a jeans pocket without being uncomfortable. The covers wear in nicely, giving a used Field Notes a wonderful worn-in quality which is a sign of respect from the user and longevity from the product. This sort of patina gives a used Field Notes a wonderful quality to them adds immensely to what is otherwise a not particularly notable memo pad.

The Field Notes notebook has gained a large following with the EDC community for their pocket-able nature and ability to gain character with usable. They aren’t particularly rugged except if you get the Expedition series, but they are still highly valued by EDC fans.

The Unsharpen take is that Field Notes are A-OK memo pads so long as buyers are going in expecting a good memo pad but not something that is going to rock their world.

Over the years a lot of competition to the Fields Notes has come along, including the Midori Grain Memo Pad and the Silvine Memo Book, that we tend to prefer to this. The one thing that keeps Field Notes in our shopping cart though is how great they are in your pocket. It’s like it’s not even there.

Field Notes Memo Books Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Field Notes
Models 3.5" x 5.5", 48 Pages, Graph; 3.5" x 5.5", 48 Pages, Mixed; 3.5" x 5.5", 48 Pages, Plain; 3.5" x 5.5", 48 Pages, Ruled
Cover Type Softcover
Cover Material Cardstock
Cover Color Light Brown
Paper Color White
Paper Decoration Blank
Line Spacing 6.5 mm
Lines per Page
Number of Pages 24
Weight (g/sq/m)
Perforated Edge? No
Refillable? No
Paper Size Custom
Paper Dimensions 14.0 cm x 8.9 cm, 5.5 inches x 3.5 inches
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