Review: The Baron Fig Confidant

I’ve been wanting to give the Baron Fig brand of notebooks a try from some time now. Shawn Blanc has waxed poetic about them many a time, and I wanted to join in on the fun.

By way of background, I’ve been using fancier notebooks as my daily carry at work (on my desk and at meetings) for a number of years. Legal and memo pads have always felt too temporary to me; I like the idea of working my way through a nice journal over many months or even years. (I’ve used Moleskine and Ecosystem journals most frequently.)

The good folks at Baron Fig were kind enough to provide me with a blank Confidant journal for review. I also received a dot grid version for Christmas, and that’s the one I’ve been using most often.

These are handsome notebooks.

Both of the ones I have are in Flagship Gray, and their hard covers are a pleasant linen texture that has stayed quite clean in my work bag (even with pens and highlighters jostling around). A yellow ribbon marks your place, and a 45-degree cut at the bottom of the bookmark is a nice detail.

I’m not always a yellow fan, but it’s growing on me here.

I’ll be honest: I’m afraid of a blank notebook. I know, I shouldn’t be, but I just feel like I’ll mess it up with my scribbles and unkempt — if not slightly unique — handwriting. I much prefer the friendly confines of my dot grid, and it’s also handy when I craft little checkboxes for my to-do items.

The Confidant’s acid-free, weighty pages are bound in a way that allows the notebook to lie flat when opened. To me, this is a no-brainer. Each book also includes 12 perforated pages in the event you need to remove one for some reason.

All in all, the Baron Fig notebooks are a treat to use, and as one colleague put it, “I have journal envy.” At $16 or so, the Confidant is a good buy. Invest in a nice journal — you’ll be glad to have it by your side.


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