February brought us a bunch of new Field Notes: “M × L × B × D” Edition, Signature, Heartbeat (for Wednesday Offer), and the 2018 Tournament of Books “Rooster” book. In this post, I’d like to focus on the 2018 Rooster and Heartbeat, along with the Summer 2015 quarterly edition, Workshop Companion “Automotive”, since they all use the same cover stock: French Paper Kraft-Tone in Manila Yellow Kraft.
I quite like Kraft-Tone. It’s an interesting line of matte paper with visible flecks and fibers. It looks textured, but it feels smooth and sturdy in the hands. It seems Field Notes likes it too, because since Workshop Companion, they used “Memo Kraft Orange” from Kraft-Tone for the Capsule Spring/Summer 2016 and Autumn/Winter 2016 editions, and now two more join this group of Kraft-tone Field Notes with “Manila Yellow Kraft” covers.
My guess is that Heartbeat and 2018 Rooster were made at the same time because they share a lot of the same features: red ink on the outside and inside covers, “Wheat Gold” staples, and the now-standard Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T body paper with graph grid printed in “Half Knee Duck Canvas Lighter Brown” ink. (Side note: the regular Kraft memo books feature “Double Knee Duck Canvas” light brown).
The red inks used in Heartbeat and 2018 Rooster are specified as “Sanguine Red” and “Cockerel Red”, respectively, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re actually the same thing. Do they look different to you?
Another thing 2018 Rooster and Heartbeat share in common: they are both bound by “Wheat Gold” staples. I believe this is the first time we’re seeing these. Compared to the brass staples of Workshop Companion, this color is more subtle and appears duller, especially next to the regular Kraft memo book’s silver staples.
Do you like Kraft-Tone Field Notes? I especially like the Rooster one, not only because it’s for a good cause, but because I like its simple design, too. Particularly, the “Imitation Kraft” ink they used for logo and text on the outside cover.
By the way, Rooster books are now sold out, and I hear Field Notes raised over $10k for 826 National through the sales. In 2017, they raised over $8,600, so that’s great news! I wonder what they’ll do for next year... The bar has been raised again! 😊