Baron Fig provided this pen at no charge for review purposes.
The Insightful Spectre is the newest Limited Edition Squire pen from Baron Fig. On the product page, there is a cute little story about the pen. You’ll also find some nice pictures in a spooky setting. You may be a little upset when your Squire arrives and you find it’s not black like the photos, but a very dark grey with purple tones in certain light (most light, really). The photos on the Baron Fig website are black & white, it seems, so be forewarned: this pen is NOT black.
Regardless of this marketing misstep, the color is great. I love the color. It looks like the charcoal Squire until you catch it right, then it looks deep purple. The usual thing with the Squires is for it to say Baron Fig on one side and an icon that represents the them on the other. The Insightful Spectre has a cute little ghost engraved just below the nock. The body of the ghost isn’t painted in, but the eyes are white, like the Baron Fig wordmark.
The only thing that changes with these pens is the theme and color. The shape, length, weight, refill...everything is the same. It’s a solid aluminum body, with a little heft for its size, which is a little smaller than some other machined pens I’ve used. It’s 5 inches long and just under an ounce with the refill in it. It’s thicker near the grip than it is near the top, but because of the twist mechanism essentially doubling the amount of aluminum up there, it actually balances out. You can balance it on your finger if you wanted to.
Other than the twist mechanism, this is one solid piece of metal. To change the refill, you unscrew the twist mechanism and pull it out from there. That makes the pen 4 total pieces, including the refill and spring. I’m not super pen savvy, especially when it comes to machined pens, but I’ve not seen a mechanism like this before. I love it. The nock sits nearly flush and you twist to engage the refill, and untwist to retract it. It will stop where it needs to stop, but if you need to access the refill, you can just keep twisting to remove it.
The refill is the Schmidt P8126, rebranded under the Baron Fig name. It’s a great rollerball with a great black ink. Baron Fig also sells blue, red, and green refills on their website. My preference is for the black, because, while I absolutely love green ink, the Schmidt green ink is a bit too emerald for my tastes. I tend to like something a bit more deep and “true” green with less blue in it. The one gripe I have about these refills, and any metal-bodied refill, for that matter, is you can’t see how much ink is left and get a refill. The refill is available at a lot of places online, but I’ve never seen one at a big box store or office supply chain. I suggest planning ahead and buying some refills with the pen. I’ve been using the pen a lot the past couple weeks and haven’t run out yet. The line it lays down is solid and wet, but it never seems like a ton of ink is gushing out of the pen, either.
$60 for this pen seems to be in line with other machined pens out there. I’m a big fan of the Squire, but I never pulled the trigger until I bought the green Experiment. I was disappointed in the color of green ink that Schmidt makes, so I didn’t really spend as much time with it as I could have. Once I got this one for review, you can bet that I’ll be swapping out that green refill for black and putting both pens in my rotation. The Squire is awesome.
Available from Baron Fig, $60 while supplies last.