PUR-fect! This is what we think of the 33rd limited edition Field Notes as for the first time they've introduced a binding technique called Perfect Bind, similar to how Write Pads make their Notebooks. It's not just the UK thats been feeling the cold the past week, apparently the temperature have dropped into the twenties at FN HQ. They've seen their first flurries, frost covers the ground, and Black Ice is here. The 33rd Quarterly Edition for Winter 2016 is available now.
If you follow their exploits, you know that they love to explore materials, inks, printing processes and other special effects with their Quarterly Editions. At first glance, you’ll see they've taken foil stamping to an extreme. With a stamped Sappi’s premium McCoy 100# cover stock with a silvery-black metallic foil, covering the whole book, everything but the spine. That portion features a stripe of vibrant orange ink with a soft-touch varnish. The cover text is embossed, giving the whole book a retro-futuristic machine feel.
But the biggest difference between Black Ice and their usual Field Notes is a bit less obvious if you don’t look closely. This is their first pocket memo book without staples! The books are PUR-bound, using an advanced polyurethane adhesive that’s both stronger and more flexible than regular perfect binding. Apparently Field Notes have been wanting to try out PUR binding for a while and this paper/color combination seemed like a perfect fit.
Inside, you’ll find “Bright White” Finch Fine Smooth 70# text paper, a brighter white version of the paper found in their “America the Beautiful” limited edition. It’s ruled in “Frost Gray” with a double-rule of “DDC Orange” up top.
It all turned out to be a very complicated printing process, involving a lot of testing, lots of steps, many press checks and some serious challenges for our printers. In the end, they came through and really nailed it. These books look simply amazing.
About Field Notes
What started off as hand-crafted gifts for friends and family has turned into one of the most reputable manufacturers of pocket notebooks. Field Notes is a partnership between Aaron Draplin and Jim Coudal and take their inspiration from the vanishing subgenre agricultural memo books, pocket ledgers and the simple grocery lists.
The Chicago, USA based company blend their traditional Kraft notebooks with seasonal releases, making Field Notes a collectors item amongst their many community of followers.
The pocket notebooks are consistently well-crafted and you can tell the level of detail and pride the Field Notes team put into their books. They are without doubt a favourite of ours and one of main reasons for our existence today.
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