It was, coincidentally, just a few days ago that I wrote a post about Field Notes, attractive little memo books that, sadly, a lot of fountain pen users avoid or are disappointed by, because the paper is often/usually not fountain-pen friendly. (Though I love them, and use them, even with fountain pens.)
But time for an update, because the hot-off-the-presses Field Notes limited edition Lunacy is very cool and very fountain-pen friendly.
Mine just arrived today. I subscribe to these from Field Notes, which don’t tell my husband about. As you can see, subscribers get four of the Lunacy. The one furthest to the left, which is only for subscribers, has a plain black cover. The other three are part of the limited edition pack that anyone can purchase. But those are the best anyway. Because die-cut covers.
The cover paper is a thick, stippled black that seems to have a coated finish. Black staples bind the notebook. The front covers are a set of three different die-cut moons: a full moon, a half moon and this really thin sliver of moon (which probably has a name but I’m not exactly Mr. Science here).
Right after the cover is a page featuring a photo of the moon.
So, when the notebook cover is closed the moon photo shows through the die-cut moon opening (here, of course, the “tiny moon”).
That “Field Notes” on the front cover is embossed. And the back is not neglected either. The back cover features an embossed full moon. A photo of the dark side of the moon precedes the back cover, mirroring the presentation of the front cover followed by moon photo. Because this is Field Notes, all of the full moons — front cover, back cover and in the two photographs — are the same size and in the same location.
Since it’s a moon-oriented edition, much moon trivia awaits the reader. The only fact I (not Mr. Science) noted and remember is that being on the moon seems excellent for weight loss.
Diet Plan B.
But this is the paper, for all you thin, disciplined fountain pen users. It’s gray in color, sort of like dot paper, except with pluses instead of dots. It’s 60 pounds (my weight on the moon), and it seems great for fountain pens. No feathering, and a reasonable dry time, too.
This gripping photo, below, shows the “dark side” of that page. I mean, there’s absolutely nothing to see here. Because there is absolutely no showthrough or bleedthrough. So use both sides of the page as you wish.
I think the Lunacy is my favorite Field Notes limited edition in a long time. Excellent name. Die-cut paper. Embossing. Cool black covers. Black staples! So if it appeals, it might be worth checking out, even for the diehard fountain pen fan and Field Notes agnostic/apostate.
Now let me just add something here at the bottom, for readers who get this far. Well, first, thank you both. Even though you must be relatives, which means I probably did grumble behind your back once about that time you got drunk at Christmas/did something I didn’t like at some point. But your current devotion/boredom is appreciated.
I am a Field Notes subscriber and buyer. So I pay for my Field Notes. I have zero connection to the Field Notes folks, despite their temptingly close Chicago headquarters. Of course I would love it if Field Notes sent over the mythical Field Notes Truck (imagine a Good Humor truck, but with paper products) to shower me with free items. Or if the Field Notes Directorate invited me to visit the team at Field Notes World Headquarters and realized I would be perfect for a highly-compensated post of “idea man” and chocolate taster.
However, for some reason none of that has happened. At least not yet, right? No, I’m just writing this because I like the Lunacy, and think you might, too. Although now that I’ve simultaneously thought up my dream job, while neglecting my real job, it’s been so worth it.