I’m really late to the Baron Fig notebook show. They’ve been on my radar since their crazy-successful Kickstarter campaign for their original Confidant notebook, but I’ve yet to actually purchase any of their products1.
A standard edition Baron Fig Confidant has been on my “to-buy list” for a long time. I’ve been to the site countless times and even had a Confidant in my cart more than once. Logic/budgeting always seemed to prevail though, and I just couldn’t complete the process.
I have a good reason— I have an excess of unused notebooks, pocket memo books, pads and other paper products. I can’t tell you how many I have. Honestly, I don’t know. So, as much as I’ve been impressed with Baron Fig, their story and their products, I couldn’t justify buying another notebook. I now know they aren’t just another notebook.
Office Supply Geek Saves the Day
I received my Baron Fig Three-Legged Juggler Limited Edition Confidant in such a cool way. I was so fortunate to win it from a giveaway at Office Supply Geek, which is an outstanding blog about. . . yep, you guessed it, office supplies. They cover everything related to office supplies. I encourage you to check it out… It’s an awesome site.
True story: I had an original edition Confidant in my cart the day I found out I won the Three-Legged Juggler from Office Supply Geek. I’m very thankful for winning such a fantastic product, and especially one I had been looking at and debating getting for so long2. I finally got to see what I was missing. It ends up I was missing something incredible.
Review, Reviews and More Reviews
The original Baron Fig Confidant has been reviewed a bunch of times. It seems like it was one of the most reviewed stationery products of 2014. Below are some excellent reviews of the Baron Fig Confidant:
- The Pen Addict
- The Newsprint
- Fountain Pen Geeks
- Modern Stationer
- Office Supply Geek
- Gourmet Pens
- The Cramped
- The Unroyal Warrant
- Shawn Blanc (This is a retrospective look after Mr. Blanc filled all 192 pages of his Confidant, and it’s awesome.)
Here are a couple of reviews for the Three-Legged Juggler Limited Edition Confidant:
I encourage you to check out the thorough reviews above, but here are some basic specs that apply to both versions of the Baron Fig Confidant. The Three-Legged Juggler edition is essentially the same notebook as the standard edition Baron Fig Confidant, with a different color scheme, packaging and a (great) poem.:
- Its dimensions are 5.4” by 7.7”
- It contains 192 pages of 100 gsm (68 lb) paper in blank, ruled, or dot grid format
- The last 12 pages are perforated
- It opens flat
- It has a braided page marker. It seems fraying at the end of the bookmark was a common complaint with the original Confidant, but I’m happy to report on my Three-Legged Juggler Confidant, the end is sealed.
I never intended to do a review of the Three-Legged Juggler notebook. That being said, after receiving it and using it, I’m a Baron Fig guy. I love this notebook, and I need to, no, I have to, write about it. However, this isn’t going to be a “proper” review, but just my thoughts about my new favorite notebook.
Finally on the Baron Fig Bandwagon
The Baron Fig Three-Legged Juggler Limited Edition Confidant is a perfect example of one of the reasons I started this blog— to have an outlet to geek out over stuff like it. My incessant praise about this notebook to people I can actually talk to in person would result in distant stares and glazed over eyes. You’d be able to hear crickets during the awkward silence after I finally stopped talking. You’re here, and you’ve read this far, so I thank you for listening.
I don’t want to come across as a Baron Fig evangelist or company shill, but this is a killer notebook. It really is spectacular. Is it perfect? Nope. There’s something about it though… I want to use it, carry it and write in it. I want to write well in it. Yes, it’s just a notebook, but I want to use the heck out of it until it’s filled with stuff. Then I want another one.
To me, the Three-Legged Juggler’s imperfections are a feature. That may sound odd, but they give the book its own special character that makes me want to use it even more. So, it won’t stay shut the greatest after you use it awhile, and the cloth exterior isn’t very smooth along the spine. I also guess the cloth-wrapped covers could get stained relatively easy by spilled coffee, fountain pen ink or whatever other substances may cross its path. This notebook makes me override my usual obsession with “mint condition”. It’s meant for work, and it just may get dirty or roughed up a bit.
There’s also a tactile quality to this notebook. It’s one of those things that’s difficult to put into words, but it feels great. The cloth-wrapped exterior feels fantastic. Fountain pens and gel-ink pens feel so nice writing on the 100 gsm (68 lb) paper. For me, the big highlight is how amazing Baron Fig’s paper is for pencils. It hits the sweet spot for just the right amount of smoothness and tooth to make this a “paper of choice” for pencils. I can’t wait to try Baron Fig’s Apprentice pocket notebook.
Ode to a Three-Legged Juggler
I knew this edition came with a poem, but honestly, I thought it was a gimmick. I was happy to be proven wrong. The poem included with this version of the Confidant is something you’ll read again and again. The Ode to a Three-Legged Juggler really hit home with me. It’s very well done, and I have a feeling it will resonate to the target audience of this notebook. It caught me by surprise how much I liked it, and how I feel it and the Three-Legged Juggler’s design make it a true special edition.
The Three-Legged Juggler was designed by The Half and Half, a design/printmaking studio based in Columbia, South Carolina. They did an amazing job. Baron Fig could have just released a different color Confidant as a special edition, but by creating special packaging, adding the illustrated poem card, as well as the Juggler graphic on the inside front cover, they created a higher standard for what a special edition should be.
What Am I Going to Do with My Baron Fig Three-Legged Juggler Limited Edition Confidant?
It was such a surprise to win this notebook, so I had to give its use some thought. At 192 pages, it’s a big notebook. It’s worthy of a big project. I want to do it justice. I’ve been in a science fiction reading phase for awhile, so I’ve been itching to try writing some of my own. I think the Three-Legged Juggler Confidant would be ideal for the world building necessary for a science fiction novel (or series!). The dot grid format would be perfect for research notes, equations, ideas, sketches… anything I want to record. It would make an ideal reference book.
The Baron Fig Three-Legged Juggler Limited Edition Confidant blew me away. The praise I’m heaping on this notebook may seem like a bit much, but it deserves every word of it. Hardcover notebooks usually aren’t in my “analog toolbox”, but the Three-Legged Juggler Confidant has made me a convert. My preference is lined (ruled) paper, but I’m even enjoying the dot grid format much more than I expected. It will be just right for my intended use of the book.
For $18 (vs $16 for the standard Confidant), this is an excellent notebook that will last you a long time, and maybe it will have as profound of an effect on you as it did on me. Keep in mind the Three-Legged Juggler Confidant is a limited edition, so if you want this particular version, I wouldn’t wait too long to get one. I’m still kicking myself I didn’t get any of Baron Fig’s first limited edition Apprentice pocket notebooks, the Lightbulb edition, before they sold out.
Thanks again to Office Supply Geek for providing me the opportunity to win this amazing notebook. I assure you that getting it for free didn’t influence my opinion whatsoever. I’m actually going to go order that standard edition ruled Confidant (and a pack of their second limited edition Apprentice pocket notebooks) right now… I see a novel rough draft in its future.