October 25, 2022

October Restocks and What’s Coming

TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook FJN

First up, many of you have seen it already...the Yeoman Duffel and Brain Bag are back in stock! We made an effort to make a lot of bags this time around. These may be the final restocks for these bags in 2022 (depends on schedule, but our hands are quite full at the moment!).

You know that feeling when you’re working on lots of cool stuff but you can’t quite divulge all of it yet? Well, that’s how we are feeling at the factory. Below is a preview of what you can expect to see in the coming weeks.

Field Journal Notebook
Yes, you read that right! Previously retired in 2018, we are bringing back the FJN for a limited run. The FJN is a compact, portable, weatherproof, zippered notebook that can be worn as a shoulder bag for note-taking, journaling, or sketching. 

Back in 2018, we said goodbye to the FJN for two primary reasons:

  1. The FJN’s three-ring binder mechanism is no longer available
  2. The cost of the specially-produced-just-for-us FJN paper inserts/refills have gone up by a substantial amount that we’d rather not pass on to you

So what changed? Well, earlier this summer while doing a bit of deep cleaning in the storage sections of our factory, we actually found a stash of the special three-ring binders! It felt fortuitous, since we've been getting messages and emails in the past year asking us to bring the FJN out of retirement.

In terms of the paper inserts/refills, we still don't have any of the specially-produced-just-for-us versions on hand, but we figured there are plenty of other businesses out there than can provide 5.5 x 8.5”  paper of your preference (see here and here for our past recommendations).

We're offering everyone's favorite project bag for the second time this year. The Swift was designed for knitters by knitters. But even if you're not the crafty type, it's a great tote bag with fun colors for work, travel, and everything in between.

Please note that at this time, we are not making the Little Swift, Tool/Pen Wrap, and Knitting Tool Pouches. 

Travel Laundry Stuff Sack, Mesh 
Customers asked if we can make a version of the Travel Laundry Stuff Sack with mesh on one side to allow worn clothing to breathe. That made sense to us, so here you go!

Packing Cubes in Graphite Piscine
We're transitioning our packing cubes to Graphite Piscine! If you own a Techonaut or Cambiata, you will recognize that this is the lining fabric that we use for the laptop compartment. Lightweight and smooth, we're loving the look and feel of this fabric. Expect to see the Techonaut/Aeronaut 45 and Tri-Star packing cubes in Graphite Piscine first. But eventually, you will see Graphite Piscine roll out for all packing cubes.

If you're curious why we're transitioning from Aether to Piscine, please see this blog post for a more detailed explanation.

As always, once things are listed as 'in production' on our site, we recommend signing up for restock alerts if you're interested. If you believe you're not receiving the restock emails that you've signed up for, please emailus@tombihn.com and we can try to help you figure out what is going on!

Any questions? Feel free to drop them below.


Evan - November 8, 2022

Anxiously awaiting the return of the field journal!!! Any updates on when to expect them?
TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Evan! You won’t have to wait long for the Field Journal—you should expect it to be available by the end of November!

Jill - October 31, 2022

I am a Techonaut 30 owner and love the design.
Any chances to see Techonaut 45 in lighter, black halcyon material with black logo badge to match my 30.
I will be very happy if that happens! (:

TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Jill! Glad to hear your Techonaut is working out great for you! It looks like for the near future, there will be a Black Halcyon/Taiga Techonaut 45 restocked soon, though it will have the regular red TOM BIHN label.

Joseph - October 29, 2022

I cannot wait for the field journal to come back. I discovered this company right after it was discontinued and have been wanting this since! Now if there were any plans for a full sized version that could accommodate 5star reinforced paper that would be HUGE!

Joel - October 28, 2022

Any chance of bringing back the Yeoman packing cubes? I just recently ordered a complete set of Yeomans in black and would love some packing cubes to go along with them!
TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Joel! No plans for a new batch of the Yeoman Packing Cubes for now. However, you can check out what current packing cubes we recommend for the different sizes of Yeoman Duffel here: https://www.tombihn.com/blogs/main/packing-cube-recommendations-pilot-stowaway-yeoman-duffel

Erica - October 28, 2022

Hello- I’ve put myself on the email notice list for an IN PROD Pilot; is there any estimate as to when those might be ready to order? Nothing too specific, but is it likely to be sometime in November? Or December? or after Christmas… it is probably quite difficult to nail down a specific date, but I’d like to know if I’m treating myself to a Thanksgiving gift, early Christmas gift or post-holiday beat the blues gift. (also, if somebody wanted to make a black halcyon Pilot with a zest or solaris interior, I’d be happy to snap that up)
TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Erica! Our current batch of Pilots look like they’ll be coming sooner rather than later, sometime in November! In this batch, there will be a Black Halcyon/Island combination.

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