September 8, 2014
These memo books are very useful. The synthetic paper is very durable, won't
tear or crease easily, and the covers resist damage quite well. I carry mine
everywhere, and the covers have lost some color in places; I consider this to be
a kind of patina. They work well outdoors in any weather.
The paper is not friendly to liquid inks, such as fountain or liquid rollerball
ink - the ink takes ages to dry and remains easily smudged. I tried many
different pens - gel ink dries very slowly and smudges for a long time. Most
ballpoints work quite well, though may smudge where ink builds up. I found that
Sharpie markers work extremely well, apart from the Stainless Steel Sharpie Pen,
which does not dry nearly as quickly as the normal Ultra Fine Sharpies. Hybrid
ink ballpoints work well too - Uni Jetstream ink dries quickly, though I prefer
Pilot Acroball pens on the plastic paper - the lines appear to be finer for a
given point size. My favorite pens of all on the Expedition Edition Field Notes
are Uni-ball Power Tank pens, especially the 0.7 size - they write on these
pages in any weather, and the ink does not smudge at all, and is crisp and dark.
Pencil works well too, though I prefer harder lead to minimize transfer from one
page to another.