Baron Fig Squire

Baron Fig Mysterium Review

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Baron Fig sent me their latest limited edition Squire, Mysterium, to test and review here on the blog. All the thoughts and opinions shared here are my own.

The latest limited edition Baron Fig Squire is theMysterium, a vibrant and bright orange pen, always a popular choice.

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The Mysterium comes with a short story written by Harry Marks which can be found here. I was half expecting to receive a physical copy of this story with my pen but unfortunately not, this lives online only. The pen and story focuses on a space theme and what lies beyond our planet. The Mysterium sees a return to the aluminium pen body after a few trials with other materials and does so in style with a bright orange body and a geometric logo etched in white on one side.

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The orange body does present some small issues. If you really examine this up closely you can see some of the machined lines on the body. The Clicky Posthighlighted this in his post, so head over there for the full details, but the colour makes this all a little more visible. To be clear you really have to look closely at the pen.

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I have also found that with the lightweight body the refill does skip a little. This could definitely be a dodgy refill and nothing to do with the pen, however I noticed a similar issue with The Insightful Spectre limited edition that didn’t arise with the brass Key limited edition.

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Despite these small things I really like this limited edition. The colour is great and the Squire continues to be one of my go to rollerball pens and the pen I use the most when on the move. Honestly I am a little surprised that this limited edition is still available, I thought this would sell out super quick like the Experiment. So as it’s available I suggest you head on over and grab one of these pens while you can.

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Thanks for the guys at Baron Fig for sending me the Mysterium Squire to review here on The Finer Point.

Nock Co Sinclair Review

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The Nock Co Sinclair has been on my shopping list since its launch. I was attracted to the design instantly and finally decided to treat myself before Christmas picking one up from Pocket Notebooks.

Exterior of the Sinclair with a very useful double zip. 

Exterior of the Sinclair with a very useful double zip. 

The Sinclair is a double zip case with space for three pens or shorter pencils, a few pocket notebooks and a small side pocket for loose papers. The double zip is really sturdy and never catches. It goes halfway down the pen case which means you can easily see and get to everything inside.

I opted for the coffee and amethyst colour way which is beautiful. The coffee coloured exterior is a really nice dark brown which doesn’t show up any scuffs or dirt. The amethyst interior adds a lovely pop of colour and makes it easy to see everything you have inside. The combination of colours works well together.

The empty Sinclair 

The empty Sinclair 

My set-up.

I have two pens, the Baron Fig Key Squire and the Zebra Sarasa Clip, and two short pencils sitting in one slot together. The pen slots are a good width giving you plenty of space and protection to the contents inside. In the side pocket I have the Field Notes annual calendar that came with the Resolution edition. I find it really useful having this with me and it sits perfectly in this pocket. Sitting in the main section of the pen case I am currently carrying one Resolution edition Field Notes which is simply a to-do list and a Shenandoah Field Notes which is for general notes.

My filled Sinclair case. I can squeeze in another notebook too. 

My filled Sinclair case. I can squeeze in another notebook too. 

One big reason I really like this pen case is that it holds everything I need to carry around with me. It’s the one thing that has made me use the Nock Co Sinclair everyday and why I haven’t been using my pocket notebook leather covers. The pens I need and use regularly are always with me and my notebooks now.

Overall thoughts.

This is by far my favourite Nock Co pen case that I own, and I have several. I love the colour way and durability of Nock Co products and having everything I need for note taking in one place is handy, its that simple.

Baron Fig Lock and Key Limited Edition

Baron Fig sent me their latest limited edition, Lock and Key, to review here on the blog. All thoughts on these products are my own.

This is the second double limited edition Baron Fig have released and this time they bought out the big guns! The difference between this edition and their first double limited edition release, the School Set is you can buy both parts separately, presumably due to the high cost of the Squire pen. Both parts of this limited edition are the Lock - the Confidant notebook and the Key - the Squire pen.

The Lock.

The Lock is packaged in the usual Baron Fig box. I really appreciate these boxes and often used them to store my unused / used Vanguard Baron Fig notebooks. It’s almost a way of keeping them orderly. Anyway… the box is the same emerald green colour as the Lock notebook but with includes lovely gold detailing.

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Inside the box is a try-fold leaflet with a poem laying out the intention of this limited edition notebook and inside the maze or riddle that you’re supposed to be solving. The gold foiling on this leaflet is really impressive especially on such bright white paper. It really glows.

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As I mentioned the Confidant is an emerald green colour which has a maze pattern embossed on the front and back. The colour is really nice, it looks almost regal and definitely classy.

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The theme continues on the inside cover and title page with the white and gold maze pattern.

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The paper inside is the normal and ever popular dot grid (I’m dreaming of a limited edition Confidant ruled notebook).

Beautiful gold ribbon page marker

Beautiful gold ribbon page marker

To finish it off there is a gold bookmark to compliment the theme throughout.

I have used several of Baron Fig Confidant notebooks, a couple of which have been limited editions and the Lock continues an impressive Confidant limited edition design series. The Lock is the second time Baron Fig have gone for a full embossed cover and I really liked it, it works so nicely with the linen covers giving a second layer of texture.

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The Key.

The second aspect to this limited edition is the Squire, or the Key. The idea here is that with both parts you can solve the riddle, and there may be prizes from Baron Fig if you get it right.

The packaging for the Squire comes in the usual tube but this one comes with an alphabet and symbols relating to each letter, hence the name the Key. Paired with the Lock Confidant notebook in theory you should be able to solve the problem Baron Fig have handed us. I am hopeless at this kind of thing and therefore got nowhere in solving the riddle, useless I know.

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Rather than other limited edition Squire pens, the key isn’t just a paint job. This time Baron Fig have really changed things up giving us a brass Squire. They could have just gone with a gold coloured aluminium pen to keep in with the theme, keep their costs down and perhaps make it appeal to a broader auidence, but they didn’t and chose to try something different.

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There is no doubt that this limited edition Squire looks good. The gold colour works well and the edition etching of the key is hidden, unless you’re looking you’re not going to see this.

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I really liked my first experience with the Squire, The Insightful Spectre. It’s a pen that is perfect for using on the move, there are no caps to use, it’s small and takes a refill I have really grown to like. The Key is different though because it’s made from brass which instantly changes up the weighting on this pen. It’s not horrendous but if you own a Squire already, there is a huge difference.

Aesthetically the Key is the same as other Squire pens, the same twist mechanism, the same refill, the same tapering design, the same size. I have quite liked all of these features in my Insightful Spectre and the smallish size again was a bonus for me. With the Key I think I will enjoy using this but not for long periods of time as I think I’d tire very quickly due to the doubling of the weight. There does appear to be a glitch with my Squire where the twist mechanism seems to unscrew the pen and not just pull in the refill which has been a little irritating in the use I’ve had so far.

The Key and The Insightful Spectre 

The Key and The Insightful Spectre 

Overall thoughts.

I think this is a cracking limited edition release from Baron Fig. The Lock Confidant definitely ticks a lot of boxes and I really like the colour scheme of this release. The Key Squire is really very nice and considering it’s only $10 more than a Squire pen its great value for money. Baron Figs Squire pens rarely last long so if a shortish brass pen is your bag then I would snap one of these up while you can.

I like that Baron Fig are making exciting releases and finding ways of linking up their product range. It sort of forces you to consider more of their product range rather than singular products. While doing this the limited editions aren’t too far removed from what the base of the original product is about. It’s a difficult thing to get right, but so far Baron Fig are doing it well.

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My First NaNoWriMo Experience

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November has come to a close which means my first experience with NaNoWriMo has come to an end. I am not a NaNoWriMo winner, I fell a long way short of the desired 50,000 words coming in at 30,572 words, a far cry from the target.

A post about NaNoWriMo isn't the normal sort of post for The Finer Point but during this challenge I used a lot of analogue tools and planned using a trusty Bullet Journal. In today’s post I will share this process and some of my discoveries with you.

My very simple NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal.

I am not a fly by the seat of my pants writer, nor was I a huge planner outlining all aspects of my story. I fell somewhere in between but in order to have some idea of where I was going and what I needed to do I created a very lose Bullet Journal to plan and track my word count.

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The most useful spread was the calendar. This was a simple hand drawn calendar where I planned out what I was writing on which day. This planning was important to kick off NaNoWriMo and forced me to consider the more complicated or time consuming sections of my story and tackle these on the days where I had sufficient time. At the end of each day I added my final word count in for that day. This was useful to see how I had done each day but also proved useful in figuring out if I hadn't written enough for a section. As the month went on I didn’t plan out too much on this page, it became more of a record keeping spread.

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My NaNo Bullet Journal included a chart showing my word count target by day that I copied from Boho Berry. This was useful but became a bit depressing the more I fell behind. I continued to use this as a tracking tool but spreads such as this could become a little de-motivating during the month.

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Other pages I had in the Bullet Journal were not referenced very often but they were important in helping me keep consistency. I had plot and character outlines and lists to make sure I didn't forget anything and also knew the links between characters. The rest of the Bullet Journal was used as a brain dump to keep anything related to my story all in one notebook.

The actual writing.

I wrote the whole thing by hand. I wasn't expecting to do this at all but I actually quite enjoyed it. I had plans of using a mixture of analogue and digital tools and thought my hand could ache from too much writing. Far from it.

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I went through all three of my Baron Fig School Set notebooks. These were perfect as they had lined ruling, my personal favourite, and I could use a wide range of tools on the paper. I polished off my Insightful Spectre Squire refill during the month, worked my way through the School Set Archer pencils from Baron Fig and refilled several fountain pens on numerous occasions. I am not sure I have used any of my supplies that quickly before. It was great fun.

Overall thoughts.

I have really liked taking part in NaNoWriMo for the first time. I wrote far more than I ever expected to and at times whilst I struggled to figure out where I was going with my story, I found a way. I was a long way off the desired 50,000 word target but I am not sure that's the real purpose of this challenge. I found time most days to write, to get this story that has floated around in my head for years, down on paper, by hand.

Time away from my digital tools to create something with pen and paper is really quite liberating. The one change I will make for next year, if I have a story to write, is to drink more. I am sure this would improve the quality of my writing.

Now it's time to edit...