Farewell to the Field Journal Notebook

TOM BIHN | The Field Journal Notebook Returns

Back in 2015 we made the decision to retire a number of designs including the Field Journal Notebook. And then, in 2016, we announced its return. Now, in 2018, we are once again retiring the Field Journal Notebook. This decision was made partly because of two materials supply related reasons: first, the Field Journal Notebook’s three-ring binder mechanism is no longer available, and second, the cost of the specially-produced-just-for-us FJN paper inserts/refills have gone up by a substantial amount that we’d rather not pass on to you.

And so here we find ourselves once again: the Field Journal Notebook is retiring and this time it’s for good. The currently available Field Journal Notebooks, accessories, and paper refills are the last of their kind. No more final batches will be made. (Go here to see the Field Journal Notebook and its accoutrements all in one place.)

Those of you who already own or plan to purchase a Field Journal Notebook may be wondering where you can find paper refills from here on out. The Field Journal Notebook accepts paper that is 5.5 x 8.5” which isn’t a terribly common size but not too rare. Here’s some paper refill options that can be obtained through Amazon:

Avery Mini Filler Paper, 5.5 x 8.5 Inches
Bright White 24lb Bond 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Sheets
Ampad Graph-Ruled Refill Sheets

In addition, unpunched Half Letter or A5 (different but fairly similar sizes) paper can be acquired and an industrious person could make their own custom pages (or find one that works for them on sites like Etsy) and use a Mini 3-hole punch such as this one by Staples or an adjustable punch such as this one by Swingline to print and punch their own replacement pages.

Finally, there have been some helpful discussions about this on the forums, such as the Where to Buy FJN Insides, Field Journal Notebook Hole Spacing, and Field Journal Notebook threads, all of which are worth a look if you’re interested in more information about planners and hole punching for the Field Journal Notebook.

Many thanks goes out to our volunteer Forum Moderators moriond and Ilkyway for the links / information / tips referenced in this blog post.

And, as always… if you have questions about any of this, emailus@tombihn.com or give us a call at 1-800-729-9607 or 1+206-652-4123.

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9 Comments

  1. Ray on 9 February 2018 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm

    Sad to see this product go. Fortunately I have one and that shows every sign of lasting me out.

  2. CjH_NY54 on 17 February 2018 11:12 am at 11:12 am

    I’m sure glad to have one of these, in burnt orange. My introduction to TB was by way of this bag, so it holds a special place in my heart. And yes, it appears this well-made accessory will be around long after I’m gone. So, thanks little Field Journal: you serve us well!

  3. Meghan on 23 February 2018 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm

    Mine will stay with me for my lifetime. It’s that well made, and that greatly appreciated. I’m sad to hear that the FJN will soon be a thing of the past, and thankful that I adopted mine while I still could.

    • mm TB Crew on 24 February 2018 8:24 am at 8:24 am

      Thanks for sharing this appreciation for the FJN, Meghan. We are proud we designed and made something that you treasure.

  4. Tanya on 19 May 2018 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm

    So, does this mean that a standard A5 Field Journal Notebook is in the works? 😉

    • mm TB Crew on 20 May 2018 8:13 am at 8:13 am

      🙂 There’s no replacement or different version of the FJN in the works.

      • Tonya on 30 May 2019 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm

        I know TB doesn’t take requests because you all are freaky creative and don’t need my input 😉 but I second the FJN in an A5 size. The reason I never invested in the original is the 3-ring binder and odd paper size. I prefer bound sketchbooks with watercolor paper, so an A5 sketching EDC similar to the FJN would be an instant buy for me. I constantly lose my sketching tools (love the FS but things tend to slide out of it in the wild places that I carry it) and now wish I had bought the original FJN simply for the tool security. Oh well, waiting patiently to see what you all come up with next!

        • mm TB Crew on 4 June 2019 8:25 am at 8:25 am

          Noted! Thanks for the feedback, Tonya 🙂 It makes sense to us.

  5. PDofC on 21 November 2018 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm

    I never got one due to experience of postage and customs to the UK. I used a Tactical Notebook cover IPad holder, an A5 ‘Arc’ by staples (same as the Levenger disc binder system) and some Velcro to achieve something similar. That makes it easy and a common size for accessories and paper. I always like the FJ though.

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