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    Quote Originally Posted by scribe View Post
    I shall have to try and make it to a Staples when I'm in the US - we have them here, but obviously they sell A4/A5 stuff rather than letter/half-letter (which is why I resorted to Day-Timer paper and dividers - they're the same size everywhere).
    Can you order letter size or half letter at Staples online? I know that in the US, we can get A4 and A5 very readily at Staples online.
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    Probably, but overseas shipping can be prohibitive on heavy items like paper


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    Travel: WF + Pilot or SA, with SE/SCB
    General organisation: More pouches, stuff sacks and cubes than you can shake a keystrap at!
    Favourite TB colours: aubergine, forest (sniff!), linen, wasabi, UV
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    Quick question for the folks at Tom Bihn: Is the iPad mini version of the FJN still in the works and any idea of an ETA if it is? Thanks in advance!

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    1. I use it as a daily calendar/agenda and commonly take it with me writing down various things and sometimes brief notes. I think it does a pretty good job of having a mini office with you. I can carry pens, markers, pencils, memory sticks, eraser, stapler remover, my phone, and keys inside of it. I haven't used it to keep extensive notes, I usually have the field journal, and a laptop.

    2. You can also use the paper that has 7 holes, my agenda/calendar has 7 holes as long as it's the right size. I believe you can buy some online but not sure about office depot, etc.

    3. I use the plastic leaf that comes with it as a divider for current date, it works fine.

    4. I carry a Maped Classic 1-Hole pencil sharpener in the front zipper. I haven't had any problems with it, not bulky. My front zipper can get somewhat bulky at times especially when I throw in the keys.

    5. I also have a pental polymer eraser in the front zipper.

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    Another +1 for Staples. Very reasonable price. I took a ream of blank 8 1/2 x 11" paper and had them cut it with their fancy laser-guided machine. I think it cost a few bucks or so to do, not including the paper. Works really well when you want to print stuff out and put it in the notebook. Just print, three-hole punch it, and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribe View Post
    Probably, but overseas shipping can be prohibitive on heavy items like paper


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    You might be able to pick up a pack or more of filler paper half letter size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") at Staples.

    If they are only available online, maybe one of the get together person can order a couple for you.

    If that is not possible, Rhodia bloc number 16, or any paper in A5 format fits really well.

    Rhodia is the best with fountain pens, I settled for other kind of paper but it gave the nibs of my fountain pens flow problems, so when I found a local retailer, I bought some of their stock and my fountains pens have been great to use, ever since.

    You can get them at supermarkets in France and probably the rest of Europe.


    I bought a 7 holes punch when I first got my FJN but I was not overly enthusiast about it, I just got a two hole punch, I aligned the paper with the Plastic Leaf, made marks in pencils and punched two holes in the upper part of the left side of the page, realigned the two hole punch with the lower hole to punch again and make the third hole.

    Result, perfect three hole page.

    I know, I make it look a bit complicated but I do not like the very thin, portable hole punches, I find it a struggle to get enough force to be able to punch neatly, more than one page at a time.

    TB pre punched pages fit inside a Medium Pouch, I will say twenty at a time.

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    Resurrecting this thread because it seems like the most appropriate place to post. I found myself wanting to bring a shitajiki (pencil board/writing mat) in my FJN, because it's really helpful for when drawing or writing on thin paper. Although there aren't many options online, I fortunately discovered Nanami Paper's hard clear shitajiki in A5, which is nearly as rigid as the FJN's plastic leaf but is a fraction of the weight and completely smooth (instead of having small ridges, like the plastic leaf). Jet Pens has another option, but I didn't like the polka dots and how flexible it looked.

    I didn't want to risk bending the shitajiki out of shape when fitting it into the giant pocket on the underside of the pen area (I tried and felt like I was pushing it), or risk having it fall out of the back pocket of the FJN, so I punched holes in it instead. My heavy duty 3-hole punch managed just fine and I don't feel like the functionality of the pencil board is compromised by having 3 holes on the side. So now I have a pencil board with me at all times that won't become lost or deformed :-)

    (Nanami is great, BTW. They carry a thoughtfully selected array of stationery, including Tomoe River paper, and ship fast. I bought some nibs, nib holders, and erasers from them in addition to the shitajiki... 100% satisfaction!)

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    I'm bookmarking that for possible later use -- they do seem to have a nice array of paper and journals. I just got my first fountain pen in a looongg time last month, so will be trying out some different papers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prairiegl View Post
    I'm bookmarking that for possible later use -- they do seem to have a nice array of paper and journals. I just got my first fountain pen in a looongg time last month, so will be trying out some different papers.
    What fountain pen did you get? Over the years I've had dozens.

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    I got a Pilot Metropolitan Violet Leopard and a couple ink samples -- colors: Cassia and Ku-Jaku. I'm going to wait and see how much I use it before getting a more expensive pen. I now seem to be listening to a pen podcast (in addition to knitting podcasts) and viewing pen and paper sites though -- which I wasn't doing a couple months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prairiegl View Post
    I got a Pilot Metropolitan Violet Leopard and a couple ink samples -- colors: Cassia and Ku-Jaku. I'm going to wait and see how much I use it before getting a more expensive pen. I now seem to be listening to a pen podcast (in addition to knitting podcasts) and viewing pen and paper sites though -- which I wasn't doing a couple months ago.
    Those are great colours! Hope you like the pen. And I hope it works great straight out of the box.

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