Rollerball Review: Baron Fig Adrift (Limited Edition Squire)

Review by Laura Cameron

Believe it or not, I’ve never tried a Baron Fig Squire, so when the latest limited edition, Adrift ($60), arrived for review, I was eager to play with it!

As many of you know, the Squire is Baron Fig’s understated, elegant rollerball. It comes in a variety of colors, as well as shorter limited editions. The pen body is made of aluminum in a sleek, smooth design that is a consistent circumference except right at the ball point. The Squire also uses a twist mechanism to open the pen.

Adrift is their ocean themed edition and the first to feature a full wrap around theme. From Baron Fig, the inspiration for the edition is:

Putting an idea on paper is like sending a letter out to sea—there’s no knowing where it will end up. Set your ideas adrift and discover the treasures they bring.

Here’s a quick rundown on the stats:

  • Aluminum pen body
  • Length: 5″/12.5cm
  • Weight: 0.85oz/24g

I find the whimsical design charming and I can’t decide if my favorite is the sea turtle or the octopus!

The Squire is a smooth writer and wrote beautifully with minimal pressure.

The Squire is a beautiful pen, there’s no denying that. I think when compared to Retro 51 (the closest competitor I can think of in the industry), it comes down to aesthetics and ergonomics. The Squire is elegant and minimalist with a touch of whimsy, whereas the Retro 51 is more classic (retro?) and employs a variety of designs and textures. Both have balanced bodies, and while the Squire is sleek and ergonomic, the Retro features a tapered body, which I confess I find slightly preferable when I’m holding it in my hand. Both are beautiful choices to elevate the writing experience with a roller ball!

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  1. I bought a Retro 51 a few years ago based on a recommendation, but I could never get used to the aggressive taper and less than smooth ballpoint refill, after a couple of days it ended up in a drawer full of unused miscellany. I bought a Baron Fig Squire recently and it is a much nicer, far more comfortable pen to use. While I like the clean design of the Squire, if there were an option to add a clip I would feel more comfortable letting it leave the relative safety of my desk.

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