Heavy Duty

by Stuart Lennon
Well, this is unexpected.

I have a wide variety of stationery in my daily rotation. From index cards to large, desk-sized notebooks. As a result, I don’t get through as many pockets notebooks as I used to. Add to that the choice available to me, and it’s no surprise that I rarely choose the same type of notebook twice.

This week though, I was drawn again to the Field Notes Heavy Duty. Objectively, I should dislike this edition. Weird rulings, spiral bound and top-opening. The paper is not going to play nice with big wet nibs. And yet...it works.

The “super duty chipboard” (No, I haven't a clue what that means either), feels solid and gives the notebook a satisfying heft. The rulings feel organised, and structural.

It’s irrational, but using this notebook makes me want to plan DIY projects (God save us) while making me feel like a policeman.

I have met three categories of views on these notebooks.

1. “Don’t like ‘em. Would never use one.”
2. “Awesome! Give them all to me.”
3. “Don't like ‘em. Oh, alright, I’ll try...Oh. These are cool...

People who have tried them - like them. This Edition is a sleeper. I’m going to buy more stock. We still have a few left here.

Tech Specs

Each pack contain two memo size books, one in DDC Orange and one in Blue Sky Blue. They are double-O wired at the top and the covers are made of "super duty chipboard" making it easy to take notes.

Each book has 80 pages which are ruled on the front and have a double graph grid on the back, making it versatile.

You'll also get a"stay-shut" band of rubber to keep everything together when you've thrown it in your bag. There's room in the wire rings for your pencil.


Proudly printed by the good people of Schneider Graphics, Inc., Bensenville, Ill.

Covers: Newark Paperboard Mills 60 pt. “Super Duty Chipboard,” with a heavy 2-color application of “DDC Orange” or “Blue-Sky Imagineering” and black inks.

Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 70#T “Bright White,” with a fine, 1-color application of “The Whole Sky is a Cloud” soy-based Toyo ink.

Covers printed on an Advance Process Supply Cameo 34" × 50" flat bed screen press. Innards printed on a 20" × 29" Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 with perfector.

Bound with bombproof Renz “Double-O” Ring Wire, with appreciation to U.S. Patent #2142816, filed in 1935 by W. Walter Grumbacher.

Corners precisely rounded to a 3/8" (9.5mm) radius.

Ruled lines: 1/4" (6.4mm). Double Graph grid: 1/8" × 1/8" (3.2mm × 3.2mm).

Work Book dimensions: 3-1/2" × 5-1/2" (89mm × 140mm) (excluding binding).

FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.

All FIELD NOTES memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.