Baron Fig Confidant Notebook Review


I’ve used Baron Fig Confidants off and on since they were released just a few years back. Recently, I pulled a boxed Fig off the shelf. I was reminded why I really enjoy using the notebook.

Baron Fig is a New York based company that launched with the Confidant on Kickstarter and hasn't looked back. Now they offer several other notebooks and planners, along with rollerball pens, and even bags.

The standard Confidant is an interesting size at 5.4 inches by 7.7. This is slightly smaller than the common A5 size - 5.8 by 8.3 inches. It’s also smaller than the common (although low-quality) Moleskine that measures 5.11 x 8.27 inches. Now available are a smaller pocket size (3.5 x 5), along with a newer large size (7 x 10). I really like the original, medium version. It’s quite compact with still a decent-sized page. I’ve been popping it inside my A5 Tom Bihn Ghost Whale Organizer pouch and then inside my Tom Bihn Brain Bag (at some point, I’ll review them both) for everyday carry. It’s a high-quality notebook.


I tote it in a couple of bags for two reasons. First, the Confidant doesn’t include an elastic strap, so it’s prone to flipping open in your bag. Second, the notebook is cloth-covered. Although quite sharp - and now available in several great colors - it easily becomes soiled if you’re not careful.


The Confidant features 192 pages, and they’re quite fountain pen friendly. The only ink with which I had significant bleed-through issues was Noodler’s Bay State Blue, which is notorious for that. It comes in dot-grid (my preference), ruled, or blank pages. The last twelve pages are perforated. A bright, yellow bookmark is also attached to the spine.

If you’re ok with a slightly smaller notebook without an elastic strap, I think you’ll really enjoy this great notebook from Baron Fig.