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.


Stephanie - October 26, 2022

I was so excited to see the brain bag… but then I saw the lining is cerylon. Are you switching to that for all bag linings?
TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Stephanie! Since 210 Ballistic has been discontinued, we will be generally using 210 Cerylon in bags where 210 Ballistic has been used as a lining.

Kelly - October 26, 2022

When will the field journal be available for preorder?
TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Kelly! The Field Journal Notebook will not be available for pre-order, but you can sign up for our email notifications on the Field Journal Notebook page to get a reminder when they are made available.

JEJ - October 26, 2022

Thanks for the update! It’s nice to see you using black cordura again. Any chance we see some Syniks and Synapses in black cordura? An olive cordura Synapse 25 would be great too!
TOM BIHN replied:
Hi JEJ! We don’t have any plans for Syniks or Synapses in Black Cordura or other Cordura at the moment, though you never know what might happen in the future!

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