Limited edition

Mid-Week Mini: Lady Safari 2019 Special Edition: Mint Glaze review.

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When the 2019 Lamy Safari limited edition was announced I was really happy with the colour choices. To have three different options in the series is brilliant and really works for this years pastel theme. The Pastel colours are Powder Rose, Mint Glaze and Blue Macaroon. The mix of colours is spot on and captures popular pastel colours. I have the Mint Glaze because I love anything Mint coloured and also it feels like a little bit unusual as a fountain pen colour.

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Today’s review is a 2019 limited edition discussion only and not an in-depth look at the specifics of the Safari. If you would like this detail click here for my Safari review.

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The Mint Glaze is the same Safari as any other. It has the same build, shape, feel and finish. There is one small exception that I have had with this edition and that is an issue with the threads. The threads that screw the nib and grip into the barrel don't tighten sufficiently. I am forced to regularly re-screw them. This is a little annoying and it sounds like I have a faulty pen.

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The Mint Glaze colour is subtle. In some photos I have taken it appears almost white. I think this could be a little more minty but regardless it is such a nice colour Safari. Every element is Mint too giving it a complete colour cover. The end gap, the screw into the barrel, everything is complimented. The clips is chrome which compliments the pen nicely.

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Overall thoughts.

I really like this colour and I think this Safari will be one I reach for regularly among all the other colours I have. I am a little disappointed with the dodgy screw grip, I have contacted the seller to see if they are experiencing issues with this elsewhere. If you enjoy pastel shades and like Safaris this is a winner. It’s also the perfect starting fountain pen for people and with these fun colours could really appeal to a broad base.

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Mid-Week Mini: Blackwing 10,001 Review.

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One of the Blackwing limited edition releases from 2018 was the 10,001 pencil, which plays homage to creative ways to teaching and learning specifically linking back to Miyamoto Sensei puzzles.

The 10,001 saw Blackwing experiment with a few different aspects. Firstly the barrel is a different shape to the hexagonal barrel of the standard Blackwing pencils and the majority of the limited edition releases. The pentagonal shape of the 10,001 gives it five sides, rather than the standard six.

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The 10,001 has a firm graphite core, which is quite common among the limited edition releases. However, for this edition it links back to the puzzle element therefore the core had to be firm enough to hold a point. I have found the core nice to write with, the graphite is dark but its really smooth and enjoyable to use.

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The barrel on the 10,001 is stained red from “adzuki” beans which really gives a subtle colour finish. I really like the light pink tone and you get some of the wooden barrel grain showing through. It almost appears like a wood stain finish.

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The Blackwing branding is stamped in gold with kanji numerals for the edition number. To compliment the gold printing the ferrule is also gold and there is a black eraser giving it a classic finish.

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As with all Blackwing pencils they perform well, sharpen nicely and really give you a feeling of quality. They are currently sold out on the Blackwing site, but potentially still available, especially in singles, in brick and mortar stores.

Baron Fig Train of Thought limited edition Vanguard.

Baron Fig contacted me and asked if I would like to use and review the Train of Thought limited edition Vanguard notebook. All thoughts in this review are entirely my own.

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The Train of Thought limited edition Vanguard notebook was a collaboration with a designer, Zipeng Zhu, who featured in Baron Figs bag Kickstarter campaign. I have been using these Flagship sized notebooks for some time now and wanted to share my thoughts with you in todays review.

The Train of Thought notebook has some very striking cover designs. Each notebook has a section of a train on the front and back cover and has a different colour - purple, green and red.

The artwork continues to the inside cover with each notebook expanding on the theme of seeing where your thoughts take you. The purple notebook has a sleepy night time feel with animals and clouds floating through space. The green notebook is more of a traditional sci-fi take on space with planets and aliens and finally the red notebook is playful with doughnuts, people and flowers floating through space.

Playful, fun and colourful designs. 

Playful, fun and colourful designs. 

The artwork is playful and fun. Its randomness definitely works with the theme of seeing where your ideas take you. As this artwork consumes the covers both inside and out there isn’t the usual information box on the inside cover which does mean theres no room for personal info, but really who cares.

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The paper is the normal Baron Fig stock with dot grid ruling inside. The performance is as you expect from Baron Fig products. They take pencils well because the paper has some tooth, fountain pens and inks ar suitable as there is little / no bleed through or shadowing. Essentially you can use most writing tools and you’re fine.

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Choo-choo!  

The Vanguard notebooks are solid, with 72 pages per notebook and three notebooks in a pack. I really enjoy their size and the slim form factor because they are comfortable to use and write in for long periods of time. They’re kind of the perfect size with he perfect amount of pages.

You can still get your hands on the Train of Thought limited edition Vanguard notebook, so head over and snap some of these notebooks up.

Thank you Baron Fig for sending me these notebooks to review.

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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