Extra Staples is a series of posts where I share various links I find interesting. It is not on any regular schedule, and the links can be old or new. For more frequent updates from me, please find me on Instagram and Twitter, under the same moniker, Threestaples.
New releases from Field Notes that I haven’t gotten yet...
Everyday Inspiration: leather cover & memo books
A collaboration between Field Notes and Bellroy, an Australian company that specializes in wallets. Looking quite compact and sharp! I am especially intrigued by the magnetic closure. Not 100% sure but it looks like the cover comes with 3 custom Bellroy-brand memo books in the form of one single + one 2-pack (according to the belly band in the pictures). Interesting!
The New Pitch Black, in standard memo book size and “note book” size
I love duplex covers, so this news is pretty exciting. And it’s cool that the price for the standard size is still $9.95 and that they’re offering both sizes in both ruled and dot grid. I’m still weary of the larger size though. I wonder how stiff the new cover is because the cover stock for Arts & Sciences did not work for me at that size. Anyway, au revoir, old Pitch Black. I’ll miss you all the same.
Field Notes + Ingersoll Notebook Review — Lead Fast
Another thorough review from Michael at Lead Fast. These Field Notes look nice but perhaps I made the right decision to not buy them.
Awesome Field Notes wallpapers created by designer and Field Notes enthusiast Dennis Cortés, presented in a beautiful site. I say it’s a mandatory bookmark for any FN fan (I’m adding it to my Links page).
The Pen Addict #252: We All Know the Pencil Is Superior to the Pen - Relay FM
An awesome interview with Caroline Weaver of CW Pencil Enterprise that I enjoyed a lot.
Community Member Spotlight: Andy Welfle — the weekly pencil.
A great idea for a series, starting with Andy Welfle, from The Erasable Podcast.
Staedtler’s Kakikata Pencils - Bleistift
Fantastic looking pencils, made by Staedtler for the Japanese market. They’re for kids but I wouldn’t care. Very tastefully designed, even though they may be somewhat gendered.
Polaroid Makes Stationery | Poppytalk
Interesting but I still can’t understand what Polaroid is trying to do.
Things I tried recently (and liked)
The Editor Pencil - HB/Red | CW Pencil Enterprise (pictured at the top)
This is a graphite/vermillion colored pencil combo made by Caran d’Ache for CWPE that I’ve been using it for editing my writing. It’s quite a workhorse! The red is a nice middle of the road shade between cool red and orange, and it doesn’t take too much effort for the color to show up on the paper. Not as dark and effortless as the Uni NanoDia red pencil but still very good. The graphite end is on the hard side but quite smooth.
Fun / Interesting
DDC Hardware typeface ⬢ A comprehensive, industrial sans-serif from Draplin Design Co. & Lost Type
Aaron Draplin, the co-creator of Field Notes, now has a font family under his belt, at one of my favorite font sites. For personal use, you can get it at a pay-what-you-want price.
Impenetraball — Sculpture by Zachary Abel
“A dense metal mesh constructed from 132 binder clips (and pliers).” Amazing!
Hope you have a good week ahead,