Baron Fig has made quite a mark on the stationery and productivity communities in the short time since they established their first product, the Confidant notebook. Championing their motto, "Tools for Thinkers," they created a number of unique and refreshingly modern tools for writers, stationery geeks and entrepreneurs alike. Baron Fig launched the Confidant on Kickstarter in 2013, garnering the support of over 4,000 backers. The team delivered thousands of Confidants on time, setting the tone for what would be a great track record on Kickstarter going forward.
Fast forward to 2017 and Baron Fig have since launched 7 unique product lines (with 3 new bags on the way), 3 fully funded Kickstarters, and a new subscription service (unfortunately, just recently discontinued) for their loyal fans - the fans even have a Facebook group! Needless to say all of these things caught my attention, and I knew I had to give Baron Fig a try. One of the more recent products they have released is a companion to their Squire pen, the Pen Sheath. I just picked up the new Experiment Squire (review coming soon!), so I wanted to protect it with the new pen sheath.
The Baron Fig Pen Sheath comes in two different colors: the interestingly named Yellowgold (read: tan) and Slate. I have to admit I was a little bummed when I realized the Slate is actually a slate blue color and not slate grey. Being that both Squires are in different shades of grey, I would have expected the Sheath to have a grey option as well (perhaps in the future, Baron Fig? :)). Regular readers of the blog will know that I have an affinity for grey, so take my gripe with a grain of salt. Regardless, the slate blue isn't a bad color at all. The sheath is made of a nice sturdy leather, that is more on the stiff side. Though it's not as nice feeling on the hands, the stiffer leather does offer more durability and protection for your pen. The packaging is elegant and simple. Just a card stock envelope with a nice tissue paper wrapping on the inside to protect the leather.
The Sheath itself is roughly a half inch taller than the Squire, and is about an inch wide when laid flat. The front side is stamped with the "mighty sword" logo of the Squire, and the back side has the Baron Fig logo stamped at the bottom. The stitching is nice and even, with double stitching where the two sides split, which protects from loosening when pulling the pen in and out over time.
When I received my sheath, I was disappointed to find that there was a nick in the leather on the front of it. Not sure if this was considered an acceptable amount of damage to still let it pass QC (I would hope not) or if it was just a miss - it does bother my OCD a bit, though. Aside from that, the sheath looks amazing and fits the Squire perfectly. I have carried it for the past few weeks and it has developed a nice little "pocket" where it has broken in with the Squire inside. It alleviates my fear of my limited edition Experiment sliding out of my pocket and getting damaged. I believe the sheath would protect the pen if it fell from a pretty good height, unless it fell directly on the top where the two side could split open and expose the top of the pen. The chances of it falling at exactly that angle are pretty slim I'd say, so all in all it offers great protection and looks nice to boot.
I have a couple other pen sleeves that I carry consistently - specifically, the Aston Leather pen sleeve (the early, soft leather ones from Goulet), and the Kaweco ECO leather sleeve. In comparison, the Baron Fig is a really good, sturdy quality. I prefer the feel of the Aston Leather sleeve more, just because it's easier on the hands; but the Baron Fig sleeve definitely outshines the Kaweco sleeve by far, and gives a superior feel of protection compared to both.
I would definitely recommend the Sheath to anyone wanting to carry their Squire outside of a pen case and still keep it protected. I'll definitely be keeping this in my carry anytime I have my Squire with me. If you're interested in picking one up for yourself, head over to baronfig.com and snag one for $24.00.
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(Baron Fig has provided this product at no charge to The Desk for the purpose of review. My opinions are honest and without bias - visit the About Me page for more details).