Pocket notebooks were originally the purview of police officers in the United Kingdom. They used small pocket sized bound notebooks to record details and incidents during their patrol. They were typically waterproof and rugged enough to withstand daily use while simultaneously being small enough to be easily carried in an outside jacket pocket. While some may opt for alternative hipster note taking options the pocket notebook has become a mainstay in many individual’s everyday carry. Today, we run down a few of your best bets.
Field Notes has been a mainstay in the pocket notebook for more than a decade. Founded in 2007 in Portland, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois, Field Notes designs, prints and manufactures small memo books in a wide array of colors and with many different paper lining. As an added incentive to purchasers, Field Notes offers a yearly subscription service that will keep you in notebooks year round. The classic notebooks are 48-page memo books, measuring 5.5″ x 3.5″ and slim enough to fit in a jean pocket.
The Moleskine Classic Notebook is a bit of an upgrade from the Field Notes Kraft books — each notebook is hard covered, thread bound and made with acid-free paper. Moleskine was founded to bring back a classic model of notebook produced by Modo & Modo. They are styled in a “traditional” look — black notebook with rounded corners and ivory paper. The binding permits the notebook to lie flat and each notebook has an elastic band to keep the book closed and a small ribbon for bookmarking. The Moleskine Classic contains 192 ruled pages and is 5.5″ x 3.5″ in dimension.
The TOPS Idea Collective Mini Journal is 5.5″ x 3.5″ and 192 pages, just like the Moleskine Classic. However, it also contains an extra envelope built in to the front and back cover for holding receipts or other notes. The covers are hard cover, like the Moleskine, and each page is lined with 17 lines. The TOPS Idea Collective Mini Journal is made with paper heavy enough to prevent gel pens from bleeding through, and is thus a little bit more expensive than the Field Notes offerings, but comes in well under Moleskine.