The New Knapsack
So here it is. Made of a rugged (yet alarmingly soft) pre-treated leather, the bag's a mid-century infantryman's bag, which from what they told me at the store was used primarily to keep books and writing supplies (paper and pens etc.) as well as for maps and the like. Which would make it perfect for me, as I just want something to carry around my various medicines, books, and note taking supplies. I keep finding myself on business calls of the creative persuasion when I'm out and about, and never have the stuff i need with me. Add to that the fact that I'm nearly busting my pockets with all of the crap my new hypo-allergenic state has forced me to stuff in there.
As you can see in the first picture here, it has a simple system of interlocking straps that hold it closed, and allow you to only open as much as you need...
Then, the inside front pocket is clear, for putting in a map, book, or letter during a rainstorm whilst in a bunker or swamp, and has a piece of cotton which was used to dry your reading glasses, magnifying glass, or whatever needs drying... Me, I'm using it for all of my medications,hand wipes, glasses cleaners, business card holders, etc.
There's two pockets inside, and there's enough room for a journal and a pretty sizeable TPB size novel. That's a 700 page oversize TPB in there, and there's probably still a good 20% more space vertically.
I mostly keep notes on smaller size journals, in fact, I just got a Reporters Notebook style Moleskine that I'm crazy about (It's tough to find bound notebooks that are comfortable for a lefty...)but with all this extra room, I might upgrade to the full size version...
The next shows the thing filled up from the side. It's still comfortable to hold in your hand, or use the detachable strack to throw it over your shoulder.
And finally, there's a side by side for scale. That's a regular size TPB Graphic Novel.
Oh, and as Christina would surely remind me to point out... total price from Glendale, California's own Armies of the World on the corner of Glendale and Colorado Blvd....