fabriano ecoqua notebook review

Fabriano EcoQua Notebook Review

John Bosley Reviews 3 Comments

Italian paper manufacturer Fabriano has an eco-conscious and inexpensive notebook that they call EcoQua. These notebooks come in a variety of sizes, colors, bindings and page styles. They also sport 85gsm paper, which is just a little heavier than the usual 80gsm found in many fountain-pen-friendly notebooks. But how do they compare? Do you get what you pay for (in …

Fountain Pen Giveaways, Deals, Reads and Love – Week of September 16, 2019

John Bosley Miscellaneous 5 Comments

Here’s a quick roundup of new giveaways, deals, reads, images and a bit of what I’m loving for the week of September 16, 2019. Giveaways: – Pensachi is giving away a Sailor 1911! You can enter on their Instagram post. – Win a Levenger rollerball pen here! – Jannplansthings is giving away a Benu fountain pen on Instagram! – Pen …

Identifying Vintage Fountain Pen Ink Bottles and Boxes

John Bosley Fountain Pen Ink 10 Comments

Long before the incredibly diverse selection of fountain pen inks and manufacturers we currently know existed, there was a much smaller variety available. The number of manufacturers could be counted on two hands and colors were more or less limited to very subtle variations of blue, black, red, green, purple and brown. Still, there is a certain charm and satisfaction …

Custom fountain pen friendly paper samples

Custom Fountain Pen Paper Sample Pack Now Available!

John Bosley Paper 4 Comments

I’m happy to announce that a new item has been added to The Shop! In addition to The Big Fountain Pen Paper Sample Pack, you’ll now find The Custom Fountain Pen Paper Sample Pack! The paper sample packs that are available in the shop were born out of something that I personally would find useful and actually use. Each pack …

Fountain Pen Giveaways, Deals, Reads and Love – Week of Sept 2, 2019

John Bosley Miscellaneous 2 Comments

Here’s a quick roundup of new giveaways, deals, reads, images and a bit of what I’m loving for the week of Sept 2, 2019. Giveaways: – In case you missed it, I’m giving away two SohoSpark vegan leather journals! – Pensachi is giving away a Platinum Balance pen with lots of ink! – Appelboompennen is giving away the latest Kaweco …

SohoSpark Journal Review

John Bosley Reviews 2 Comments

In the world of fountain pens, I feel like there are things that you have always used, things that you know you’ll never use, and things that you’ve never used but are curious about. Something that sits squarely in that last category for me is a journal cover. For some reason I’ve never picked up a cover for any of …