So Baron Fig is at it again, bringing a premium twist to an essential everyday tool: the pen. If you’re unfamiliar with Baron Fig, they make “Tools for Thinkers” and have a growing line of Every Day Carry (EDC) products ranging from their flagship Confidant Notebooks to backpacks to pens and pencils. And one of their newest additions is the Squire Click.
Now, this isn’t the first pen they’ve made, rather it’s a variant of their Squire pen, but instead of a twist-to-write mechanism, it’s a traditional clicky pen. All of Baron Fig’s products are of a premium quality, and the Squire Click is no exception. Priced at $45 for this ballpoint pen, it’s aimed at aficionados and perhaps fools like me who need that quality writing experience. Does it deliver? Let’s dive in.
What the Click Gets Right
There’s a lot to love about the Squire Click right off the back. First impressions are lasting impressions, and the packaging for the Squire Click is familiar to Baron Fig’s other writing utensils. I’ve purchased their Archer pencils in the past and the Click is packaged in a similar cylindrical package which is a welcome shift from a standard boxed package.
Holding the pen in hand, it feels absolutely phenomenal. They boast good balance and premium aluminum construct and it feels cool and substantially weighted in the hand, but not too heavy to make writing uncomfortable. Quite honestly, I’ve never considered the weight of a writing instrument before, and it’s made me consider how my other go-to pens feel in the hand as well. Great, I’m turning into a snob!
Next, as someone who loves a minimalistic design (though my life is fairly full of clutter), I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend some time on the physical design of the pen. The barrel itself only bears the Squire’s sword logo and Baron Fig’s logo toward the top of the pen. The “clicker” if you will, is polished metal and adds a nice flair to an otherwise matted barrel. The tip is graded so smoothly to the end. Ultimately, the experience of viewing and holding the pen is amazing.
As for writing, it certainly does what it should. I’m not an avid ballpoint fan, but the experience is smooth and fluid which impressed me. I’ve never had to scribble to begin writing, and the ink is nice and dark on the pages of my Confidant notebook. All that said, here is where I started running into some negative drawbacks to the Squire Click.
Always Room for Improvement
For all the pros, I only have two complaints against the Click. Since we’re on the topic of the ink, I found the ink to be incredibly…smudgey. More often than not, after a writing session, there would be ink on my hand, on the barrel of the pen, and smeared across the page. This came as a huge surprise to me honestly. I did not expect a premium pen to do this, and, even though I’m not a huge expert on the art of analog penmanship, many of my other favorite pens don’t get nearly as messy as the Click. This is a huge drawback. Writing is it’s primary purpose, and have the design be an A+ doesn’t mean as much when you have to wash your hands when you’re done using it.
Fortunately, the ink is the only drawback to an otherwise perfect pen. I’d be interested to see how the original Squire stacks up to the Click, since it’s a rollerball instead of a ballpoint pen. Perhaps the ink is less of an issue there, and perhaps it would score a 10/10. However, the Click is not the OG Squire, and it’s only drawback is a big one. Will it hold you back from trying one out for yourself? What are your favorite writing utensils?
Let us know in the comments below, and if you need great quality stationary, head on over to baronfig.com for your needs.