Baron Fig sent me a copy of their limited edition School Set to review here on the blog. I have been using these for a while now and have thoughts to share with you. Although Baron Fig provided me these items to review this is no way changes my opinions shared.
The Baron Fig School Set is the first time we have seen a limited edition release combining two of Baron Figs staple products, the Flagship Vanguard notebook and the Archer pencil. The School Set pays homage to traditional American school classics, the composition notebook and the yellow pencil.
If you are American there is no doubt these notebooks will be tinged in nostalgia and perhaps a bit of a marmite release for Baron Fig. For those outside of American your view on the composition notebook design and the classic yellow pencil will probably be very different. Personally I find the mottled design of a composition notebook busy and not particularly appealing. The colour choices used in this edition make it far more appealing to a broader audience and was a clever move by Baron Fig. Three black composition notebooks would have been very dull.
Inside these notebooks, and I believe this is a Baron Fig limited edition first, we have lined pages. (Hurrah!) If you're doing any sort of long form writing whether it's morning pages, writing your next great novel, or recording your thoughts in a journal then I don’t believe you can beat lined pages.
The paper is the normal Baron Fig stock that I enjoy using. In this release there are some school related extras on the inside covers of the notebook. The inside front cover has a place to record your personal information and the inside back cover has punctuation definitions and uses, speech and a conversion table. All very relevant to a School Set theme and actually quite useful.
The Archer pencil is the traditional yellow American pencil colour with a green dipped end. The main different between the School Set Archer and the traditional school yellow pencil is the lack of ferrule and eraser. The yellow and green contrast one another beautifully, it's a match made in pencil lacquer heaven.
The Archer pencil included with the School Set I would guess is identical to the standard grey Archer pencil, just a different paint job. It is a HB grade that has good point retention, even on the Baron Fig toothy paper, and a lovely smooth graphite. I used these pencils for writing during NaNoWriMo and thoroughly enjoyed them. The pencil weight is perfect as there is no ferrule and eraser, making it extremely comfortable. The graphite was smooth to write with and paired alongside the School Set notebook it was a really nice writing experience.
I have finished all three of my School Set notebooks during this years NaNoWriMo. Personally I really liked the colours and it was nice to see a limited edition with a lined ruling. The School Set is a solid release from Baron Fig perfectly planned for the back to school period adding a Baron Fig spin to an American classic.
Thanks again to Baron Fig for sending me the School Set limited edition to review.