Baron Fig seems to be on a pretty strong rollout schedule recently as they've been pushing out new pen products at a fast pace!
I recently reviewed their new, heavier, stainless steel version of the Squire (which I really enjoyed), but since then they've released two others: the Squire Click and the limited edition Mysterium Squire (which I'll be taking a look at today).
That is a pretty aggressive release calendar which might be tough for people to keep up with!
Baron Fig was kind enough to send me one of their newest limited editions, Mysterium, so special thanks to them for providing it.
Mysterium pays homage to what lies beyond our world; are we alone? To expound upon this, Baron Fig paired up with Harry Marks to write a short story which can be read at their site...
As I've reviewed several of Baron Fig's Squire pens now, I'm noticing a couple of things: they don't change the design of the pens too much with the editions (color and "logo" only usually), but they are storytellers and tend to do things that they can try to create an atmosphere around.
With Mysterium they took their aluminum version of the Squire and coated it in a bright orange anodize which is sure to stand out in a sea of dull pens. Their emblem/logo with this edition is a geometric pattern that coincides with their story mentioned above.
It is a sharp looking pen that doesn't disappoint in the aesthetics department.
As I've mentioned in previous reviews I really enjoy the teardrop shape of the Squire. It is easy to hold, the weight is shifted down which is nice for writing, and the size makes it one of the more comfortable pens I've used. It takes the Schmidt P8126 rollerball which is one of today's most popular liquid ink refills for machined/metal pens.
From a fit and finish standpoint I've noticed a few "imperfections" that weren't as apparent in previous models. Nothing too major, but on the knock I noticed hairline, vertical scratches perfectly spaced at three points (think triangle) that are no doubt created as the machine is gripping the parts during manufacturing. In editions that have a dark coating these are likely more invisible, but the orange seems to bring them out.
Pretty much ALL metal pens have small machining marks with varying levels of noticeability, so I don't call that out to pick on Baron Fig, but was something I noticed that could bother some folks. For most people? Probably wouldn't even pay attention to it.
I really, really like this edition, but the more I think of it one thing I'd like to see from Baron Fig is a little more when it comes to the special editions. I really appreciate the creative storytelling ambiance they try to pair with their pens, but adjusting outside colors only is bound to go a bit stale over time, particularly with a high release frequency.
One that really knocked our socks off recently was the Lock and Key edition since it was made from brass, a first dabble into new materials. I don't expect them to go nuts and use new materials every time, but potentially working with varying textures or laser engraved patterns over more of the pen's surface could help I think.
Regardless of the above, I think Baron Fig is working hard to try and put out new, fresh colors and editions to appeal to different groups which I can appreciate. Anyone that loves the look of this pen won't be disappointed.
These limited runs seem to go pretty quick so if the orange is calling to you might be a good idea to snag one. Special thanks again to Baron Fig for sending Mysterium to check out!
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