The bullet pencil is the perfect size for a trouser pocket, but sometimes one feels compelled to attach it to one’s notebook to have it close to hand when needed.
I like notebooks and I particularly like the waxed cotton-covered Australian Defence Force field message notebooks with their gridded pages and old school carbon paper insert. One day I glanced at a field message notebook and then I glanced at my bullet pencil, then just like the guy who invented the concept of dipping crispy bacon in maple syrup, I had an epiphany.
To carry out my evil plan I needed some supplies…
- An ADF field message notebook
- A bullet pencil
- An old leather belt
- 2 x pop rivets
- 2 x small washers
- Pop rivet gun
- Leather punch
- A 32 oz ball pein hammer
Step 1 – Measure a strip of leather belt to the right size. It should comfortably wrap around the bullet pencil and leave a 1/4 to 1/2 inch overlap. Using a pencil or pen mark where your rivets will go on the folded/wrapped piece of leather.
Step 2 – Punch the holes using, you guessed it, a hole punch. If you don’t have a hole punch, then use a sharp and pointy instrument such as a knife point.
Step 3 – Using the holes in the leather as a guide, mark the holes on the cover of your notebook. Place these wherever you think a pen or pencil would sit easily and unobtrusively. Punch, gouge or cut the holes in the cover.
Step 4 – Place the folded leather into position on the cover and place a pop rivet head through it. Now place a washer over the rivet head as it protrudes from the other side of the cover.
Step 5 – Rivet into place using the pop rivet gun. You’ll notice that the washer now becomes a flange to stop the rivet pulling out of the cover.
Step 6 – repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other rivet.
Step 7 – insert bullet pencil and we’re done.