Writing

The Sketchnote Workbook (Giveaway)

At the end of the week we’ll be giving away a copy of The Sketchnote Workbook to someone on our newsletter list. The Sketchnote Workbook is extremely impressive and its relevance extends far beyond the art and practice of sketchnoting itself.

Field Notes — ‘Unexposed’ Edition

‘Unexposed’, the newest edition to the Field Notes COLORS lineup, is…well, a mystery. And that’s by design. Every pack contains three randomly-selected-but-unique 5.5″ x 3.5″ memo books in an opaque black sleeve, each with 48 pages of reticle graph paper. As for the covers? No one knows yet. All we know is there are six of them, meaning there are twenty possible…

2015 Hobonichi Planner Book

Heads up, lovers of fine paper products: the 2015 Hobonichi Planner Book is now available for pre-order. For those unfamiliar with it, the Hobonichi is a beautiful planner—known as a techo in Japanese—that goes beyond schedule-planning by also acting as a journal, notebook, sketch(note)book, scribble pad, and generally a place to capture thoughts and moments. Originally made in Japan, the Hobonichi has…

Hard Graft Notebook

Hard Graft’s new Notebook keeps things simple and beautiful: Cover made from Austrian wool Endleaves made from structured grey paper with logo print 160 plain off-white pages, edged in grey. Grey fabric bookmark Black elastic fabric rubber band Inner pocket in back Dimensions: 5.5” x 8.27” x 0.6″ $65 at Hard Graft. Pairs nicely with their leather trip case, which holds necessary…

Rotring 800+ Mechanical Pencil and Stylus Hybrid

The Rotring 800+ is a combination of stylus and retractable 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Give the cap a small twist to extend or retract the mechanical pencil—while retracted the 800+ acts like any other stylus, perfect for use on an iPad. The hexagonal metal barrel adds a certain heftiness and quality that feels great in the hand, and thanks to its knurled grip,…

Tar Field Notes

Take three Pitch Black Field Notes notebooks, bind them together with a rubberized, tar-like substance, add a double-wrapped cord closure and a small tarred-cord bookmark, and you’ve got Tar Field Notes. The stats: 144 pages total 50-lb Finch Opaque Smooth text paper Light-gray dot grid Hand-bound Pick up a set for $28 at Blackbird.

‘The Cramped’ T-Shirt

Our friends at The Cramped have put a t-shirt up on Teespring, and we think it’s worth checking out. The Cramped is a blog that celebrates analog writing tools, so if you’re into handwriting with pen & paper or even using a typewriter, you’ll definitely dig their work. The shirt’s Teespring campaign ends in a couple days (as of July 14th, 2014)…

The Journeyman Art Kit

The Journeyman Art Kit by Red Clouds Collective is sort of like Nock Co.’s Hightower bifold, but made from leather rather than nylon. Holds three pens on one side, and a notebook on the other. The Journeyman comes with a notebook and three micron pens (01, 03, and 05). Available in walnut (pictured above) or black for $135.

DDC Stuff Sheath

Photo credit: Robert Occhialini The DDC Stuff Sheath—designed by the fine folks at Draplin Design Co.—is a simple leather sheath that protects your Field Notes notebook and other bits of paper bouncing around in your pocket. As the embossing on the front cover says, the Stuff Sheath is very durable and very, very orange. Sports a single line of stitching along the…

Camp Trip Notebooks

As I’ve said, you can never really have too many notebooks. These Camp Trip Notebooks from Trails of Escape in particular are great tools for planning and journaling your next outdoors excursion. The cover lets you fill in a trip location and date range, while the inner pages contain gear-packing checklists and pages where you can capture your thoughts during the trip.…

Nock Co. — Pen Cases and Writing Accessories

It’s been nine months since we first wrote about Nock Co., the pen-and-paper accessories startup co-founded by our friend Brad Dowdy. I won’t belabor any childbirth references here (well I guess I just did), but I’m excited to say that their store is finally open for business. If you’re like us and partial to nice pens and Field Notes notebooks, Nock Co.…

FLIGHTBOOK Notebooks

Here at Tools & Toys, we don’t think there is such a thing as having too many notebooks in one’s life. Here’s another one you should add to your collection (especially if you’re an aviation nerd): FLIGHTBOOK. Inspired by the 1956 edition of The Observer’s Book of Aircraft, the covers of these graph-paper notebooks contain some neat bits of aviation trivia, while…

Field Notes — ‘Coal x DDC’ Edition

Coal Headwear has teamed up with Draplin Design Co. to produce a special, limited-edition Field Notes set that is timed perfectly for both the 4th of July and the World Cup. This beautiful Americana-inspired 3-pack is of the graph paper variety, and will run you $12 + US-only shipping (which was $5 for me).

Field Notes — “Arts and Sciences” Edition

This season’s entry in the Field Notes COLORS lineup is the new “Arts and Sciences” edition. At 4.75″ x 7.5″, these notebooks are noticeably larger than the standard 3.5″ x 5.5″ Field Notes. Rather than shipping as a three-pack of the same notebook, this edition contains two distinct models: the wine-colored “Arts” notebook and the dark slate “Sciences” notebook. Each is respectively…

Magnote Magnetic Notebooks

Just when I thought nobody could possibly innovate in the notebook space, along comes a Kickstarter project to prove me wrong. Magnote magnetic notebooks look like simple notebooks on the surface, but their covers and spines are comprised of neodymium magnets. This allows the notebooks to be attached to one another for easy storage, and separated only as needed. Each Magnote is…

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