Monday, August 27, 2018

Baron Fig Squire Review

The Squire is the companion pen to the Baron Fig confidant notebook, and it does its job very well. I have the Mysterium edition which is still available, but I would hurry if you are interested as they may run out any day.

This minimalist pen is 5" long and tapers out slightly near the tip. It's very well balanced and is very comfortable to hold and write with. It has a slight heft to it which I appreciate, and it just feels very solid. To operate this pen you simply twist the top clockwise until it clicks to extend the tip, and reverse the process to retract it. The twist mechanism has a very satisfying click to it when actuated, and feels very solid.

Onto the refill. This pen comes with the black Schmidt p8126 rollerball refill and replacement refills are also available in blue, red, and green. This refill writes smoothly but I have noticed some skipping with it. I don't dislike the refill it's just not my personal favorite. That being said this pen will also work with any Parker style refill including the Fisher Space Pen refill with the Parker adapter. I've got an Easyflow 9000 refill in mine.











The machining on this pen is top notch and the fit and finish is superb. One thing I've noticed is that if you rub a fingernail down the pen really fast it makes a cool ZIP noise. 

The packaging for this pen is beautiful and functional. As you can see above, this pen comes in a cardboard tube that separates into two pieces and the bottom has foam in it, so you could use it as a pen stand on a desk or table.

Overall I really like this pen a lot. It feels great in the hand and the twist mechanism is fantastic. Add to that all the colors this pen comes in, as well as a different material like steel, and the limited editions, and this is a wonderful pen for everyday use.

And if you are a Field Notes Fan the Field Nuts Facebook group just celebrated its fifth anniversary and is having a special run of this pen made in green with the Field Nuts Logo on it. Preorders start today and they need at least fifty to make it.

As always if you have any questions about this review or others feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com or comment below. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Mysterium Edition 

Baron Fig  

Field Nuts Group

Field nuts on Instagram: fieldnuts

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lamy Safari Review

The Lamy Safari is one of the iconic starter fountain pens. It's great for beginners because it works with both cartridges and a converter (however you can only use Lamy cartridges and converters)and the nibs are easily swappable so you can try new nib widths without having to buy a whole new pen.

The Safari is made out of injection molded ABS plastic that is very durable and wear resistant. It features a slip cap with a wire clip that is strong enough to hold the pen in place, but not so strong as to damage pockets. The grip section on this pen is triangular, and helps you use the "proper" pen grip (I totally ignore this and its still comfortable to me. See pictures.). The grip section is very comfortable to hold in this way, and it can really help to teach the tripod grip. 

This pen features a steel nib that writes smoothly and consistently, however the nib is my only downside to this pen. The nibs can be inconsistent as far as line width is concerned. I've never had a problem with the nibs skipping or hard-starting, but I have had one nib not write at the correct line/nib width. With that being said, as I mentioned earlier the nibs are easily swappable should you ever have any problems or damage a nib. The nibs are available in: extra fine, fine, medium, and broad as standard options (Extra fine-medium on limited editions). And you can also get them in: 1.1, 1.5, and 1.9mm stub as replacement nibs. 



My aforementioned weird pen grip.


The barrel of this pen has a lovely ink window that shows your ink level very nicely. This is a hole that goes all the way through the pen, making it not eyedropper convertible. The end of the barrel is embossed with the Lamy logo. This pen also posts very securely.

As mentioned earlier this pen works with both Lamy cartridges and Lamy converters. Since this pen doesn't accept standard international cartridges your options are limited, but with a Lamy converter you can use bottled ink, in which the options are seemingly endless. One thing to note about the Lamy Z28 converter  (pictured below) that it has little nubs on the side, and it's important to line those up and make sure they click into place to make sure the converter seats properly.






 Shown above are the nubs mentioned previously.

I think the Lamy Safari is a great pen for anyone starting out in the world of fountain pens. It's easily maintained and repaired and isn't too expensive. The nibs write well and are available in a multitude of different widths, while being easily swappable for you to try new nibs. Add to that that the Safari is available in several colors and that limited editions come out almost/if not every year you are sure to find one you like. 

If you have any questions about this review or others or if you have any suggestions for future reviews feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com or comment below. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Baron Fig Confidant

I recently reached out to Baron Fig to see if they would be interested in sending me products to review, and they graciously sent me one of their Confidant notebooks in the flagship size free of charge. Even though they sent me the notebook for free the opinions listed below are still my own.

To start off with I'm really impressed with this notebook. The flagship size is 5.4" x 7.7" and has 192 pages. This size makes it  about a half inch shorter and about an eighth of an inch narrower than A5 size. The cover is wrapped in a very nice feeling cloth that seems to be very durable. The cover on this notebook is more susceptible to stains and dirt than notebooks with leatherette covers, but I personally think that just adds to the character of the notebook. I also love the fact that this notebook doesn't have an elastic strap. I have always found those to get in the way and I love that Baron Fig have chosen not to put one on their notebooks.

One thing that really surprised me about this notebook are the end pages, they have a great texture to them and they are super thick, giving the notebook a brilliant sense of quality. In addition to that the only branding you will find on this notebook is on the end page in the back of the notebook. The 90gsm paper in this notebook is amazing, it's a very eye pleasing off white color, and the ruling is nice and light on the page. It holds up very well to fountain pens with no bleed through and barely any ghosting. The paper is pretty smooth with just a hint of tooth to it. I haven't  had any problems with dry times during normal writing. Inks also shade really nicely, but I can't report on sheening.









 The spots in the corner are ink blots from closing the book too soon, not bleed through.





The presentation of this notebook is top notch. The notebook comes in a very sturdy box that has a lot of information about the notebook on the back. Including the fact that, for every Confidant sold Baron Fig will plant one tree. The box is not only recyclable but could also double as a way to archive used notebooks when you are done with them.

The Confidant is available in three sizes: Pocket which is 3.5" x 5" with 160 pages, Flagship which is 5.4" x 7.7" with 192 pages, and Plus which is 7" x 10" with 208 pages. It is available in five colors: Charcoal, Light Gray, Blue Slate, Fig Wine, and Yellowgold. All colors are available in dot grid, and the Charcoal and Light Gray are also available in ruled and plain.

In addition to the standard line of Confidant notebooks, Baron Fig also release limited editions of this notebook for time to time, with interesting themes, different cover colors, and the occasional different ruling. Baron Fig really gets creative with the limited editions and it results in some amazing looking notebooks.

I want to thank Baron Fig again for sending this notebook for me to review. I have put links to both the product page and Baron Fig's main site below.

If you have any questions about this review or others or if you have any suggestions for future reviews feel free to email me at Irvsstationery@gmail.com or comment below. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Confidant Link: https://www.baronfig.com/products/shopconfidant 
Baron Fig Link: https://www.baronfig.com/

Neat handwriting and custom ink mixes provided by: @muffy_muff_muff on Instagram 




Monday, August 6, 2018

Schmidt Easyflow 9000 Review

The Schmidt Easyflow 9000 is a very popular Parker style ball point refill. As the name suggests the refill flows easily and smoothly when writing. I'm using the blue version which has a lovely deep blue colored ink. This refill is available in two sizes: medium and broad/bold. And is available in two colors: black and blue. I'm using the medium point.

As mentioned earlier this refill writes smoothly but I have noticed some hard-starting if I haven't written in a while. But as soon as you get this refill going there are no issues. It performs well on every paper I have to try it on with no bleed through and no smudging in real world use. The reason I say real world use is that, you could get this refill to smudge if you wanted to but I never noticed any in normal writing conditions. This refill is most susceptible to smudging on Tomoe River, and Rhodia papers, and the dry times are a little bit longer on those papers as well. 








The paper used in the writing sample is a Nock Co Dot Dash 3x5

This isn't the most inexpensive refill out there but I think the price is fair for the quality of writing experience you get from it. I don't know how it compares to its brother the Schmidt P8126, as I don't have one to compare it to. But I'll be sure to post an update to this review when I do. For right now the Easyflow 9000 is in my top five ballpoint refills to use. 

I think this is a great easily available high quality refill that can be enjoyed on any paper you have to write on, while giving a terrific writing experience. This refill will fit into any pen that accepts Parker style refills, which is a very wide range of pens. I've put a link to where you can buy this refill below.


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