Ink Sample Clearance Sale

In order to maximize our focus on other aspects of the Zeller Writing Company and to better serve our customers by bringing you all more exciting products and services, we’re going to suspend our offering of ink samples temporarily.

By freeing up the time and energy spent creating ink samples, we’re able to take steps in the right direction to better serve you, our amazing customers. We’ll be able to blog more often, be more active with our social media accounts and the writing community, and catch up on the backlog of tasks we’ve had on the back burner for a while.

While we do intend to bring back ink samples once we have the adequate time and resources necessary, for now we’ll be offering them only as long as our current stock levels allow. While supplies last, you can save 15%-50% on all of the ink samples in our store. There’s no limit to how many you can order (you’ll even get a quantity discount when you purchase 5+,) and there’s no coupon codes necessary. Just click here and grab some samples while you can!

983 Thank Yous

Note: This is a cross post from FurrowBooks.com.

After an amazing 45-day Kickstarter campaign, we’re so excited to finally say thank you to each everyone of the 983 backers whom believed in the idea of Furrow Books and chose to help us fund the very first production run of Furrow Books.
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[su_spacer] We surpassed our goal of $12,500 and received over $22,000 (just about $20,000 after Kickstarter and Amazon card processing fees.) Between the regular pocket-size packs, regular large-size packs, and both sizes of the Founding Supporter editions, almost 4,000 individual Furrow Books were preordered and are planned to be shipped out in July. We can’t thank everyone enough for all of the support they showed us throughout the campaign – no matter if it was with a pledge in the campaign, or just spreading the word about our project – every little bit helped and Furrow Books would not be produced without you.

Now that the campaign is over, surveys have been responded to, and campaign funds have been received (after the 14-day waiting period), production is set to begin very soon and we’ll make sure to keep everyone updated as much as possible through social media and our little corner of the interwebs, here.

Now Available For Preorder

For those who weren’t able to get in on the Kickstarter campaign, or want to add some more items to your pledge, Furrow Books are now available for preorder, here. We have both of the regular editions, as well as the remaining Founding Supporter editions available for preorder and all preorders will ship out after the Kickstarter backer packages are shipped out – so plan on late July/early August for non-kickstarter preorder delivery.

Furrow Books will only be available for preorder for the next few weeks, or until our current production run is depleated. Then we’ll stop accepting orders until everything is shipped out. The official release of Furrow Books, available for immediate shipping, is anticipated to take place in August – so if you’d like to be one of the first to get your hands on some of these beauties, snag a preorder soon!

Introducing Furrow Books

If any of you are following us on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed that we’ve been pretty focused on a certain new line of notebooks: Furrow Books. Furrow Books are a brand new line of notebooks that we have designed and will soon be coming out with (contingent on the success of a Kickstarter campaign.)
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Furrow Books are extremely simple, yet versatile in design. They come in two sizes, pocket (3.5″ x 5.5″) and large (5.5″ x 8.25″,) and contain 48 and 96 pages of blank 60#T 100% recycled paper that works well with just about any writing instrument. To see a simple writing instrument compatibility chart, click here.

The covers and two-sided ruled insert cards are made of 80#C stock that’s ivory in color and contains natural flecks of fiber. We minimized any branding or predetermined content on or within these notebooks by limited printing to just the lower-center back of each book. The final product will be packs of three for the pocket size, two for the large; all wrapped with a belly band and heat sealed to preserve freshness.

Besides the materials being compatible with a wide variety of writing instruments, the primary feature that makes Furrow Books unique is the two-sided ruled insert, included with each notebook. The card allows you to choose and change the ruling that you use anywhere within your book. You simply select the ruling you’d like to use, slip the card behind the page you’re working on, add your content, then once you’re done, remove the card and you’re only left with your work. There’s no unnecessary clutter remaining from permanently printed lines that no longer serve a purpose on the page anyway.
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Our goal with Furrow Books is to minimize the noise between the notebook, the user, and the content that they create.

Along with the great design, we wanted to make sure that these notebooks are high quality – that’s why all of the materials for Furrow Books are North American sourced, then brought back here to Omaha, Nebraska to be constructed. We’re able to see the production first hand and make changes easily without long delays or massive minimum run sizes. The process does cost a little more than mass producing everything overseas, but it’s much more efficient on our end and provides for a higher quality product.

Here's a computer mock-up of the Founding Supporter LE.

Here’s a computer mockup of the Founding Supporter LE.

While the total run investment is lower than what would be required had these been produced overseas, the per piece cost is higher, and more than we’re able to invest at the moment – so we’ve decided to turn public for some help. We’ve created a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter where you can learn a little more about Furrow Books while helping us reach our funding goal. We have some awesome rewards lined up for those that choose to back us – including a limited edition Founding Supporter single pocket-size Furrow Book. We’ll only be making 2,500 of them, all numbered by hand.

If you feel that Furrow Books would be something that you’d be interested, we’d love to have your support and encourage your to check out ourKickstarter campaign here.

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Our Vision
If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, we have some awesome plans for Furrow Books as time goes on. The initial production will be for our first non-limited edition, The Great Plains Edition, and the Founding Supporter limited edition; however we intend to release new designs and editions regularly, while providing the opportunity for businesses and individuals to create their own editions with lower minimums and many options. We hope to see Furrow Books in the hands of doers and dreamers the world over, being used as mediums for whenever inspiration or simple need arises.

Update: The belly band viewed in the images above are just mock-ups of the bands, as the final design will change. The talented graphic artist Scott Fuller of The Studio Temporary created an awesome design for the bands and we’ll be releasing the design first to backers during the campaign!

Field Notes Pitch Black

FN_PitchBlack_0002Some of you may have noticed that the Field Notes Red Blooded edition is not longer available. That’s because that edition was recently retired and replaced with the Pitch Black edition. For those that enjoyed the Summer 2013 Night Sky Limited Edition, you’ll really going to like this regular edition. It’s very similar to the Night Sky editions except for a few key difference, which I’ll detail below.

To start off, let’s go over the usual characteristics. It’s 3.5″ x 5.5″, comes in a 3-pack, each memobook has 48 pages, and is side-staplebound. The pages are 50#T and have a dot-graph pattern. The cover is totally black except for the gray logo and text. Even the staples are black!

FN_PitchBlack_0003On first glance, you’ll notice that it’s really similar to the Night Sky edition, except that there’s no holographic foil pattern on the back, the interior of the Night Sky edition had a reticle-graph pattern (as opposed to dot-graph in the Pitch Black edition,) and there just the usual story and practical applications list on the back interior-cover of the Pitch Black edition instead of the information about the summer night sky as in the Night Sky edition. Comparing the two editions side-by-side, you won’t be able to tell them apart when looking at the front, but once you check out the interior and the back, you’ll notice the differences.

The paper is the same as with many other editions, and is not fountain pen friendly; however it still performs very well with regular pens and pencils. I don’t think that there’s ever been a Field Notes that’s advertised as being fountain pen friendly, and while I’d love an edition that is, I’m not really surprised or disappointed that the editions aren’t fountain pen friendly.

Check out the video below for some more information:

So as I said in the view, these are not limited edition and will be around for a while, so grab a pack to try out and if you enjoy them, you can rest assured knowing that there’ll be more packs waiting for you; however if you do have any additional comments or questions, feel free to contact me any time via the comments below, shooting me an email, or reaching out to me via any of the social media networks that I’m on and I’ll be happy to help you out.

2013 Year-End Giveaway

To help celebrate reaching 400 Twitter followers, the end of 2013, and the beginning of 2014, we’re giving away three awesome prizes to three awesome winners!

I’ll keep this short and sweet: we’re giving away a 2014 Word. Notebooks Standard Memorandum, a 2014 18-Month Field Notes Work Station Calendar, and a Limited Edition Field Notes Standard Issue DDC Factory Floor Memobook #531/1500 – only 1500 of these little beasts were made and they sold out within one day.

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You can enter via the form below. There are 11 ways to enter with some entries being worth more than one (such as commenting on this post gets you two entries and you cant tweet about this giveaway each day allowing for even more.) If you already qualify for some of entries (such as following on twitter or tumblr,) just fill in the information for the entry and you’ll be good to go – entries aren’t just for new followers.

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Entries will be accepted starting now through the 23rd, with winners being chosen and announced the following day and listed on this post.

Congrats to Anthony, Devin, and Sean for winning! They’ve each been contacted and will have their prizes soon.

Unavoidable and expected disclamer: Open worldwide. We reserve the right to change the terms of this promotion, or discontinue it, without notice, at any time, without offering alternatives or compensation for entries. Void where prohibited. Winners will be announced in this blog post and given 72 hours to claim their prize. If not claimed within 72 hours, the prize will be forfeit and may be offered in later contests/giveaways.

Participation in this raffle or any game(s) does not guarantee any prize. No purchase necessary to participate. Don’t do drugs. Prizes will have no cash value (meaning we will not give you cash in place of a prize.) Prizes cannot be substituted unless mentioned in the respective game. Drink 8 glasses of water/day. For ages 18 and over unless given permission by a parent/guardian. Winner is responsible for all taxes/duties of claiming a prize (if any.)

If you have any comments about this giveaway, feel free to contact me anytime!