Field Notes

Field Notes Covered!

Been trying to post this for a week or two. For a while now I’ve wanted to make a leather cover for the Field Notes I carry. Like, a year… or more.

But every now and then I stop carrying thrm for a while. Like this sum

mer I stopped because it was one less item that I would be touching in stores, out and about, that I couldn’t really disinfect in any way. I went to using my phone for to do lists and time cards at work(covid free zone cause no one else is there.. well, mostly), and memorizing shopping lists.
At work its been ok, except where I need to take fast notes, measurements, and layout diagrams.
And it never worked for lists.
So I’ve gone back to carrying the notebooks. And to wanting a cover to help keep them from disintegrating.
I had a cover before, got in late 2011 but it was made for a thicker Moleskine book, which I used it with for a couple years off and on. But to not be too floppy when I transitioned to field notes in 2014, it had to have at least 2, 3 better, in it. Too thick to carry easilly. Which I did do for a while.
But it became too cumbersome, and I went to naked single notebooks. And then found that the naked notebooks get torn up a lot.
After a while I went to wrapping all new Field Notes in a layer of heavy duty packing tape, to keep them more colorfast, and less fragile. But even then they can still get pretty beat up before I get through one. Especially if there is a lot of carry and little use, like this summer.
So anyway. I don’t have time to make anything. Or really to think about making anything. The old rule rings true, you can have time to do things OR money to do things. Not both.
I love the job I have, ain’t complaining. Just missing having time for other things… 😉
So anyway, I broke down and started shopping/browsing. And after A LOT of narrowing it down, I bought a couple things that normally I’d prefer to make.
I wanted simple thin leather, 3 to 4oz flexible but abrasive resistant… And real leather.
And the front and back pockets that slip over the cover on the book. Thats really hard to narrow down, so many makers do the Midori/travelers style with the elastic bands in the spine, no hold for the covers. I want to open the leather, and the notebook as one, not have to open each separate.
And Just those pockets. No credit card slot, no pen holder, no hold shut strap. And hug the notebook like second skin, not a arctic parka 3 sizes too big.
And not $100 freaking bucks…
So.. I found what I liked, then what I REALLY liked, and at a bit more than I wanted to spend (figured about $25 was good for paying a craftsman, where they profit but I don’t get gouged) I figured what the hell and did it. Was About $35.
Super glad I did!!
So it turned out to be thicker leather than I wanted. And it doesn’t hug the edges of the book as close as I’d have liked.
Its actually bigger in footprint in both thickness and area, as the old cover I had. The old cover I stopped trying to use because it was too big in pocket, and uncomfortable.
This amazingly disappears, I can’t feel it at all!!
Yeah, anyway, shut up and show pics AK, I know…
Old and new

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Inside (came with a single graph craft notebook, a pleasant surprise)

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And the outside showing why I splurged and got this. Some of you will remember a slight obsession I have with compass rose designs… Just couldn’t pass this up! Its laser engraved, and surprisingly deeply.

Here is a link to the nakers shop, if anyone is interested.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LostSkeletonsBrandCo

The only disadvantage to using this is any of the Field Notes quarterly eddition I get, I don’t get to see the fancy covers. And since I just got several packs of special editions, I’m feeling this loss. But just because I have the cover doesn’t mean I ALWAYS have to use it.
So I think I can find a happy medium where I will still get to see the more special notebooks.

Categories: Compass Rose, EDC, Field gear, Field Notes, Journal, Leather, New Gear, Notebooks, Soft Goods, Traditional | 1 Comment

Plus one nib.

And the pen that holds it!
My first new fountain pen in years, a Platinum Prefounte in “night sea” dark blue.

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Came with a blue cartridge, but I got a piston converter with it (almost cost as much as the pen! Lol)

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0.5mm nib supposedly, which to me would be an ‘Fine’ nib, but it writes like an ‘Medium’. Which is a pleasant surprise for me, I like the broader line. Pen is smooth writting, and comfortable. Nice in the pocket, cap is very secure for just a snap on. Been carying it clipped to the cover on my leather field notes cover that I got recently.

Cap has a rubber boot in it, that seals around the nib and feed, they claim 1 year of laying capped with no ink loss. Hopefully I won’t let it lay thst long although unfortunately I have done so with some of my pens before. But I will leave it a while at some point, look forward to seeing if it doesn’t dry out.

Filled it with a new ink sample, a silver, Diamine Snow Storm. I like it! I see a bottle in my future.

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Ink and pen are a great combo so far for long slow writting, without the nib drying out. Took notes in church this last Sunday, and at times I had it uncapped for id say a good 5 to 7 minutes if not longer, without writting, and it didn’t dry up!

Carrying it with a very fitting notebook, the silver version of Field Notes group 11, with silver dot grid, and gilt edges.

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Categories: EDC, Field Notes, Fountain Pens, Ink, New Gear, Notebooks, Pens, Reviews | 1 Comment

Spring time catch up.

Been a while. It’s either been a lot going on with no time to post, or I’ve been sick as hell(flu, twice through, laid out for 3 weeks, then almost gone, got too cold working, relapsed, and now running into 6 weeks total) and literally Nothing going on to post about. 

Anyway, here is a random slew of pics from the last couple months.

Moon and Venus.


My first day out snowshoeing.



Recent knives used and the books I was reading that week.(for a forum thread)


Dads stainless handle Sabre jack knife that lives in the den, which is currently the reloading room.


Case hobo and an Alaskan cookbook

225 grain LWN (long wide nose) hard cast .41 caliber bullets I ordered from GTBullets.  100 lubed and sized for $13, even with $6 shipping, it’s almost cheaper than I could cast my own.. And is considering I can’t afford the mould right now! 😉  


Cleaning up an old Schrade USA stockman, a 8OT , that a friend gave me last summer.



Knives and guns, notable pairs, (for a forum thread )

My Beretta. 45, that I’ve now amazingly had for 10.5 years! And the custom Andy Sharpe coffin fighter that it’s come to live with. I rarely ever carry one without the other.


My Mom’s Liberty Mustang .22 and Dad’s Case peanut.


Most sentimental pairing; my Ruger Security Six 357 mag. Which has belonged to both my older brothers,  and my Dad before me. With Dad’s Western brand hunting knife. 

New stuff, second week of March, my takes from the EDCC (edccommunity.com) passaround box.


Old style finned bomb shaped beads are a fad right now, had some shop time so I tried one. LOTS of work to get the rounded nose, and fins. Had to freehand the cutters on the curve, and lots of file work off the lathe. Too time intensive to make many of them, but I might still..


A slew of pocket dumps, in mostly cronological order, late Jan. to now. 



On my knees in a sniw bank digging out firewood at 0F or 10F. Something like that. Proof that I wear my guns working, they’re not babied. (Much.. 😉 )




Simple day last week, hour or two after dark working on firewood. Headlamp and the bluetooth speaker did constant duty… I zip the speaker into a mid layer pocket, hit Google Play, usually Springsteen,  and have music wherever I am while working. 

Yesterday’s carry, 3-15-17, an outside day. been cooped up sick, wanted to get out and work for a while, puttered around with a few projects (most of which involved shoveling snow!). 


Cousins. Both old used and worn, but great Schrade USA stockmans. Large 8OT, and medium 34OT. 


My Titanium Eng1nerd Prangler  (mash up of key dangler and pry bar) is getting some great coppery brass colored wear stripes in its anodizing. The things that swing and rub on it are brass and it sort of burnished onto the area as it rubs. 

And, more of 3-15-17… got the sled out for a bit.And found out how out of practice I am… Was stuck a total of three times! Oi.  Thankfully all within ~100 yards max from the house! God is good to me!


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Patches anyone? 

 For a while now I’ve been adding non velcro backed patches to things,  but without sewing, or ironing on with the usually included adheasive.. One, I don’t like permanent,  and some things you either can’t sew to or heat.. 

My solution was a roll of industrial strength adheasive backed velcro that I originally bought to apply a holster to the side of a snowmobile gas tank.. think pomelo bag holsters on horse saddles. 

It didn’t work for that, the tank being too rough of a surface, and my trying to stick it on at probably 10°F  I’m sure if I redid it now on a warm tank it’d work… 

 As I recall the roll was originally like 15′ long, about 2″ wide. Comes in black or white. I’ve had this roll for about 8 or 9 years now… takes a while to use it up at 3″ to 6″ at a time.. 😉

 I just cut to shape with a sharp knife (scissors don’t work well at all on it), peel, stick, press with my hands for 30 seconds or so, and use.

 I’m carefull about removal of stuff using it for the first 24 hours, just to let the glue set good.. it does take a little time for full strength grab but the instant tack really is pretty darned good.

Patch here is “life of adventure” by @asildastore on Instagram or Etsy.  It’s headed to being on the front of my journal for a while. 🙂

I’ve had strips of this stuff holding patches onto my Nook case since late 2012. That sucker has been anywhere and everywhere with me, unprotected by any other case or bag 99% of the time, and I have yet to lose or even loosen a patch, or any of the velcro strips. 

I’ve also had it on the front of my pocket notebook cover for at least a year, (actually two I think…) Same deal, it’s stayed stuck the whole time. 

Yesterday I improved a bare Field Notes with a packing tape wrap and a place for a patch. 

And I also extended the velcro area on my leather notebook cover to take my little Alaska flag like wayfinder patch from @fieldandforestco (on etsy).

  I really need to get the rest of these little badges that they make, they’re some cool designs!

The Tolkien wanderer patch is from ShopRedArrow  (also etsy).
 I’ve had all of these patches just laying around since February.  Finally remembered to do something with them. ☺😎

 Leather notebook cover was made by ArtisanGraham on etsy. (Apparently no longer selling there, and I haven’t been able to find him Anywhere else online… )I’ve had it since Oct. 2011 and it’s held up superbly! Really, really well made! 

 It was made for a Moleskine brand notebook, so to fill it I have to stack at least two, (three is a better fill, but too stiff to be comfortable in pocket) Field Notes. The edges also hang over a bit farther with them, but that’s just more protection IMO. 😉

  I’ve been running it with two Field Notes in it off and on for almost two years now. Love it! 

Categories: Custom, EDC, Field Notes, Journal, Leather, Modifications, Notebooks

A Field Notes upgrade. 

​Pocket wear on the Field Notes that I use for church sermon and prayer notes was getting heavy, and it’s only 1/4 full… 

I have to use the Expedition version or a leather cover, else they get extremely rough before I fill one.

 Anyway, I wrapped the cover on this one in clear Gorilla packaging tape. Should help. Can’t hurt anyway. 

Also added a patch place with industrial grade adheasive backed velcro. The stuff sticks great to almost anything! 

Post coming shortly on that velcro and some other patches. ☺

Categories: Alaska-Life, Custom, Damages, EDC, Field Notes, Modifications, Notebooks

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