My thanks to Baron Fig for sending me the limited edition Prismatic Archer Pencils for review.
Baron Fig is mostly known to me for their paper products but they had launched a whole slew of non-paper products since. Among them are the Baron Fig Archer pencils. I was sent the Prismatic, they are the limited edition set of Archer pencils.
I love the packaging of the Prismatic pencils. It comes in a tube of 12 pencils with a mix of red, blue and yellow pencils. The lead grade is the same for all the pencils, it’s just a difference of exterior colours. The traditional smell of a wood cased pencil brings back memories of my school days. I’ll be the first to admit I am absolutely a novice when it comes to pencils. My experience with pencils are only limited to the my primary school years before I was allowed to use the dreaded ballpoint pen and later the occasional art lessons in my secondary school. In Singapore the common grade of pencil kids use is the 2B. Comparing my experience of the standard 2B pencils, the Prismatic feels harder and crisper. I think the lead grade is probably on the H spectrum of things.
Here’s link to find out more about the different grades of pencil leads.
I’ve accidentally done a drop test on my entire tube of Baron Fig Prismatic pencils by scattering the entire box onto the floor upon opening it. Totally my fault but I feared the lead would have break inside the wood case. However so far, I’ve sharpened and sharpened my pencils I’ve yet to encounter a single break in the lead. This is definitely a vastly superior pencil compared to the old 2B pencils I’ve used back in school.
The pencil is light, well comparing it with any fountain pen or regular gel ink pen, it will always be light. It provides a very tactile writing experience that can be missing in some fountain pens. The tell tale scratching of a pencil across the page can be really pleasant to the ears. I’ve been using the pencil for all my writing needs for an entire week and it performed very well. The pencil marks hardly smudge even running my finger through it, that’s important for a lefty. Using a regular Pental eraser, the marks can be remove cleanly and without much fuss.
I won’t say Baron Fig Prismatic pencils have made a pencil lover out of me but it has definitely open my eyes to the world of pencils. Baron Fig pencils are not just simply pencils but pencils made with intent and a guiding design philosophy. Aesthetically, they stand out with the bright colours on the pencils and packaging. These pencils are available on the Baron Fig site at USD$15 for a dozen pencils. Definitely on the pricey end of things, when you factor in international shipping but these are quality goods.