Conklin Duragraph Review – Merlot Edition

Conklin Duragraph Nib Cover

Conklin Pen is an American pen brand with a ling history for quality and heritage. The brand's creator Roy Conklin is credited with creating the first "self-filling" fountain pen, the crescent filler, back in 1897. The company gained notoriety when Mark Twain became their spokes-person in 1903, and the brand has been producing interesting and … Continue reading Conklin Duragraph Review – Merlot Edition


Planners! Baron Fig and Hobonichi Techo

In a world of phone alerts and online calendar notifications, it's easy for plans to get lost in the grind. I've tried the Bullet Journal system in the past, but I could never devote enough time to make it look fancy, so it always ended up as little more than a to-do list in my … Continue reading Planners! Baron Fig and Hobonichi Techo

Artist’s Loft Dot Journal Review

Artist's Loft Dot Journal Cover

Artist's Loft is a budget friendly art supply brand available at the Michael's Arts & Crafts stores and online. They make a little bit of everything including brushes, easels, watercolor sketchbooks, and (as I recently discovered) dot grid A5(ish) journals. Although I wasn't shopping for one at the time, on my last trip through I … Continue reading Artist’s Loft Dot Journal Review


TWSBI Vac Mini Review

TWSBI Vac Mini Open

When shopping for a new "next level" pen, there are a lot of factors to consider. Value for the price, style, brand reputation, and functionality are all important contributors to the buying process. When I decided to pick up a new pen above my typical price range, I knew it had to be something different. … Continue reading TWSBI Vac Mini Review


Baron Fig Lock & Key – Part 2

Baron Fig Squire The Key alternate 1

The Key Baron Fig's first limited edition release of 2018 blew me away. The Lock Confidant is a beautifully designed notebook with a subtle but complex design both externally and internally. The book checks all the boxes for the quality and utility of the standard Confidant, and it does so in style. Every Lock needs … Continue reading Baron Fig Lock & Key – Part 2


Baron Fig Lock & Key – Part 1

Baron Fig Lock & Key Cover close up

The Lock In what is probably one of the most well-timed releases to pique my curiosity, Baron Fig is starting the year off strong with one of their most unique limited editions yet! The Lock & Key is a matching Confidant and Squire set that is a beautiful step forward in the design of their … Continue reading Baron Fig Lock & Key – Part 1


Baron Fig Pen Stand Review

Baron Fig Squire Pen Stand Close Up

The latest release from Baron Fig solves one of the only concerns I had with the Squire pen. But is your pen rolling away enough on an issue to go in on a $24 minimalist pen stand? Let's take a look and find out. That's right. Baron Fig has released a pen stand for the … Continue reading Baron Fig Pen Stand Review


My Favorite Things From 2017

2017 turned out to be a pretty challenging year, full of new experiences and old comforts. Here we are, a few days into 2018, and I find myself with an abundance of free time on my hands. Nodes is a good time to take a brief look back at some of my favorite things from … Continue reading My Favorite Things From 2017


Baron Fig Strategist Note Cards Review

Baron Fig Strategist Note Cards - Writing Sample

Baron Fig just launched a paper product that is completely new to their lineup. The Strategist; a set of 100 Dot Grid note cards which aim to be the key to your productivity, one task at a time. While the cards are advertised as an excellent tool to "plan your next book, study for a … Continue reading Baron Fig Strategist Note Cards Review


Baron Fig Guardian Vanguard Review

Baron Fig Guardian Vanguard Back Cover

Baron Fig's Guardian notebook cover recently received a makeover in the form of some new colors. They've also launched a Guardian for their pocket size Vanguard notebooks, which is a welcome addition to their product line. Baron Fig was kind enough to send me a unit for review, so lets take a look at the … Continue reading Baron Fig Guardian Vanguard Review