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  1. If you are in the Chester NJ area (Morris County), meet some fellow pen enthusiasts Thursday afternoon 11/30/17. SIgn up at : https://www.smore.com/t7a91 Enjoy the opportunity to meet Andi from Baron Fig and see their full line of outstanding stationery products designed in New York City! This is a chance to see first hand their line of paper, pens and accessories and take advantage of special in-store promotions that evening! Also meet John from LAMY demonstrating the Aion- the latest addition to the LAMY line-up of fine writing instruments. So come in and enjoy this great pen meet-up and bring a friend! Light refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!
  2. Let us start with a little bit of a look-see at this idea of a sketchbook/notebook 'Made for Creatives'. Baron Fig wants a book that isn't expensive like a Moleskine and has more useable space (don't you just hate losing the image where the page bends?), and just... is a book for ideas. So, there was a Kickstarter and their goal of $15K was met and exceeded and by the end of their fundraising, they had $168k+. That's a big deal. Anyway, as an incentive to donate more they had various goal levels and one level was to get a one (1) Baron Fig Confidant book in either: Blank (I have this)Dotted (kinda wish I'd chosen this too)Grid After 3 months of waiting, my sketchbook/notebook arrived and wow. It's cute. It came in a pretty box with a nice little letter about how the designs are not set in stone and stuff. What I like: The cloth cover. Oh my gosh it’s not much but it’s so much less slippery to handle. The size, it’s roughly 5 1/2” x 8 3/4” and it’s small but it is good. They’re like chunky little sketchbooks.Spine actually does lay flat but mine creaked… ominously.Number of pages and signatures. 12 signatures of pages. WOW! In this little book, wow!Off-white paper. It’s not day-glow white and it’ll look nice with rich browns I think. What I’m not keen on (yet): The punch-holes for holding the signatures together. Aesthetically, eh… but I’m getting used to it. First impressions of paper: It looks thin and I’m not sure how it will hold up to ink. What it looks like (the cover is a soft grey): More in the post below this. [Edit: I forgot about that form! Oops. Anyway, as this was a spurn of the moment thing for art/sketching and the lack of information on the actual paper-used... we'll just ignore that Paper Review form for the moment.]
  3. Saw a great article in the February 2016 issue of Inc. Magazine. It is about the "new" benefits of using paper rather than computers and digital devices. Although it doe not reference fountain pens at all it is a short and interesting piece. http://www.inc.com/magazine/201602/saki-knafo/the-benefits-of-pen-and-paper-vs-computers.html Check it out...
  4. Just wanted to share an excellent customer-service experience I had with Baron Fig. I ordered a limited-edition journal and some pocket notebooks. Everything arrived quickly and well-packaged, but the journal had dot-grid paper rather than the blank paper I ordered. I sent an e-mail from the company's website about the issue, and they e-mailed back right away, apologizing, telling me to keep the wrong journal and saying they would send a replacement by priority mail. Two days later, a package arrived with the correct journal, some extra pocket notebooks and a handwritten note of apology. Mistakes happen, of course, but Baron Fig went above and beyond the call of duty to make everything right. No affiliation to Baron Fig, just a very happy first-time customer.

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