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Attending Your First Fountain Pen Show: Some Do’s and Don’ts and What To Expect

John Bosley Miscellaneous 6 Comments

If you’re planning on attending your first fountain pen show, there are a few things you might find useful before you step through the doors for the very first time. Whether you’ve been using and collecting fountain pens for less than a week or for many years, your first time at a pen show will probably be equally overwhelming. I …

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Leuchtturm1917 Softcover Notebook Review

John Bosley Reviews 4 Comments

Disclaimer: I have left the following post as it was originally written since it does apply to this particular notebook, but for a more complete review of Leuchtturm notebooks, please read my blog post A Tale Of Two Notebooks: Differences In Leuchtturm Paper Quality. I do not recommend you purchase a Leuchtturm notebook based solely on the following review without …

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Clairefontaine Basic Clothbound Notebook Review

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Is there such a thing as paper that is too smooth? Most fountain pen users want paper that is smooth to write on, but I’ve regularly heard people say that Clairefontaine paper is too smooth for them. I have used the Clairefontaine Triomphe in the past and thought it was extremely smooth, but wondered how a basic notebook would compare. …

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Comparing Fountain Pen Friendly Papers

John Bosley Paper 9 Comments

I’ve always wondered what makes writing on some papers feel different than others. I’m sure you’ve noticed that some paper feels incredibly smooth when you write on it and other paper has some feedback or “tooth” to it. Furthermore, the way a paper feels doesn’t seem to have any correlation to how it performs with fountain pens. To try and …

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How To Make An Ink Splat

John Bosley How To 7 Comments

Look through photos on social media platforms like Instagram and it won’t take long before you see the popularity of ink splat photos. There’s a good reason ink splats are so popular. They can show off all of the properties of ink, from shading to sheen, and usually represent the different colors you can expect to get from a given …

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Why Use A Fountain Pen?

John Bosley Fountain Pen Education 10 Comments

With so many different writing instruments available today that are both easy to use and inexpensive, you might ask, “Why use a fountain pen?”. You have ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, gel pens, mechanical pencils, Sharpies, markers… all very capable writing instruments that only cost a few dollars and do the job. What makes fountain pens so special that many people …