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  I recently bought a pack..., July 31, 2013
I recently bought a pack of Field Notes notebooks and, like some of the other reviewers, I loved the paper but hated the durability (or lack thereof) of the covers. Because the paper was so nice, I decided to try a little experiment to increase the durability of the covers. I carefully opened and removed the three staples, and took out the stack of pages. Then I flattened out the cover and laminated it using a standard laminator at my office. I then used a push pin to poke holes in the spine of the cover where the staples would go. Put the pages back in and lined up the staple holes, put staples back in and bent the staples to their original closed position. I now have a laminated cover for my field notes books. They work great. veyr durable, water resistant, and part of my everyday carry. One caveat, the covers are fairly stiff right after being laminated. To solve this, and keep them closed, i purchased some Filed Notes rubber bands from their website although, any rubber band will work. This keeps the closed, and alos provides a handy place to attach my pen to the outside of the notebook. Yes, this process does require some extra work, but these notebooks are far superior in paper quality to a Moleskine, so if think it is worht the extra steps.
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