Plan, sketch, doodle, dream.
The Field Journal Notebook is a modern accessory for using a very old technology — pen and paper. Designed originally for biologists and geologists working in the wilderness, the Field Journal Notebook is a useful tool for artists, writers, and anyone who, for reasons aesthetic or practical, wants an alternative to electronic devices.
- Front zippered pocket with 1 o-ring, approximately 8.5" x 5" / 215mm x 127mm
- Main zippered pocket with 1 o-ring, approximately 8.5" x 10" / 215mm x 255mm
- Open-topped back pocket
- 5 pen slots, 1 accessory slot in main compartment organizer
- 8" Black Key Strap, shoulder strap, reversible Half-Letter 3-ring binder and one plastic divider included
- Paper and imagination not included.
More about the Field Journal Notebook:
Handy and Carriable
Essentially, the Field Journal Notebook is a compact, portable, weatherproof, zippered notebook for note-taking, journaling, or sketching.
Two nylon webbing handles allow you to carry the Field Journal Notebook as you would a very small briefcase, while an adjustable/removable 1" nylon webbing shoulder strap is situated in such a way as to allow you to open the Field Journal Notebook flat to take notes or sketch and still have it sit on your shoulder. When removed, the shoulder strap leaves behind only two small, unobtrusive webbing loops — no bulky D-rings.
Sturdy, Thoughtful Construction
The Field Journal Notebook is made from 1000d Cordura (or 1000d texturized nylon). This canvas-like fabric is sturdy and reliable, coated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellancy) finish and along with the DWR-coated zipper will keep the elements out and your stuff in.
The Field Journal Notebook comes with a removeable, reversible Half-Letter 3-ring binder. The Austrian-made 3-ring mechanism is riveted to a rigid, die-cut high density polyethylene (HDPE) back plate. A further stiffening plate is located on the front of the Field Journal Notebook — you can remove it if you want to save weight, but your papers won't be quite so protected.
You can remove all the hard plastic plates from the Field Journal Notebook for washing when the time comes.
Write In Me
The Field Journal Notebook is designed to accept three-punch 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" paper (that's exactly half of an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet). This paper is a standard size — you can find it at a stationer's, or purchase it online; you can also have a print shop cut and punch (drill) it for you. The 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" paper size is "Desk" from At-A-Glance and Day-Timer, so you can use all the organization tools from those systems with the TOM BIHN Field Journal Notebook. Please do note that the Field Journal Notebook does not include paper.
The 3-ring binder plate is held in tension inside the Field Journal Notebook and can be removed and rotated 180 degrees so that, should you be so inclined, you can move the ring mechanism to the opposite edge of the writing surface; this is potentially useful for left-handed users or those writing in, for example, Arabic, Hebrew, or Chinese. The hard surface of this back plate is exposed so you can write directly on it, and because there is no fabric covering it you can happily use the very last sheet of paper.
Additionally, a die-cut HDPE Plastic Leaf is included with the Field Journal Notebook and comes clipped into the three-ring mechanism: it provides a hard surface so you can write on the back sides of the paper too.
An Organized Mind (or, at least, Notebook)
Inside the main zippered compartment, a bank of organizer pockets holds pens and pencils. One larger pouch holds a small calculator, or a miniature watercolor set. Three of the pen/pencil pockets are generous enough for highlighters; the two smaller ones will fit Sharpies, fountain pens, and writes-in-four-colors pens (Tom's personal favorites). Another O-ring is attached above the organizer pockets for a Key Strap or Organizer Pouches (Mini and Small sizes fit, but not the others).
In addition, the front zippered pocket houses an o-ring with an included 8" Key Strap attached and has enough volume to hold a wallet, keys, a cell phone, or a not-so-thick book (example of its volume: it can hold a deck of cards).
The flat back pocket can hold a few sheets of paper or a map.
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.
THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.
- Brenda F.Verified BuyerBought For Myself2 weeks agoBought For MyselfRated 3 starsField Journal Notebook
I must say, I have ordered 2 book bags from Tom Bihn previously and I was very pleased with the quality. However, when I received my Field Journal Notebook I was disappointed. The plastic in the back cover was too big and created a curve in the back cover, which prevented the back cover from laying flat. I did send an email with my concern over the defect. I received a response within a couple of days, however short of sending the Notebook back, it didn’t help. If not for the defect, I would rate the Field Journal Notebook a five, but since the plastic is to big for the cover and does not lay flat as advertised, I have to rate the Notebook a three.
- Tim S.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design2 weeks agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful DesignRated 5 starsAbsolutely fantastic for an EDC or travel art kit
The Field Journal Notebook is an awesome way to travel around with a set of artistic tools to tackle whatever and whenever inspiration strikes.
One of the first tools I’ll recommend with this is an adjustable 3 hole punch. I picked one up for $10 from an office supply store and it has allowed me to pick the different types of paper I want.
I’ve set the notebook up in a way that allows me to use multiple mediums. I’ve got some toothy pencil paper at the front for rough sketches, smoother pen & ink paper behind that, and finally some watercolor paper at the back. I’ve got about 12 sheets of each and they fit well.
In the slots for drawing tools on the inside cover it can fit: fountain pens, travel paint brushes/water brushes, fine liners, gel pens, etc… it cannot fit a full size pencil (or at least a newly sharpened Blackwing). That being said, a solution I found for this is the long Tom Bihn Pen/Pencil clear organizer pouch can clip into the interior O-ring for travel and storage to fit longer pencils, Tombow dual brush pens, and paint brushes.
Finally in the outside pocket, I’ve got one of the foldable metal travel palettes that holds 12 watercolor pans and a kneaded eraser. Without the kneaded eraser, I was able to fit a full 24 pan metal watercolor palette.
This set up lets me travel for days without feeling like I’m too limited.
Overall I highly recommend it.
- Ravi R.Verified BuyerBought For GiftProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Durable, Great Gift1 week agoBought For GiftProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Durable, Great GiftRated 4 starsGreat for walks!
I really liked this journal because it didn't make me hot like a hip pack. It's great to be able to write something wherever you are walking. The pen/pencil storage is really nice. It could a few more pockets.
- Elisabeth H.Verified BuyerBought For GiftProduct Standouts Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Thoughtful Design2 weeks agoBought For GiftProduct Standouts Versatile, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Thoughtful DesignRated 5 starsBest Christmas gift
My daughter was thrilled to receive the Field Journal Notebook for Christmas! She was so surprised because it was a retired design. I have one also, from several years ago, and use it for art and note taking. It is wonderful. Thanks folks at Tom Bihn, for bringing it back for another run!
- Miki S.Verified BuyerBought For GiftProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Unique, Easily Adjustable, Great Gift1 month agoBought For GiftProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Unique, Easily Adjustable, Great GiftRated 5 starsGifted
Gave it as a gift and he loves it!