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Figurare Notebook Review

John Bosley Reviews 2 Comments

I’m always a little excited to come across a notebook brand that is less common or that I’ve never heard of before. Years ago I came across this Figurare notebook in San Francisco’s Japantown and picked it up. Even though I’m not a huge fan of spiral-bound notebooks, the paper felt great, so I was hopeful that it would be …

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I’ve Been Podcasted!

John Bosley Miscellaneous 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of chatting with John West for his new podcast, Stationery Orbit. This was my first time being interviewed for anything (other than a job), so it was definitely a memorable experience. We talked about paper, vintage ink, my favorite fountain pen, that time I was part of an event at the Smithsonian, …

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What Are My Forever Inks?

John Bosley Fountain Pen Ink 15 Comments

A while back I read a post from UK Fountain Pens where he talked about his list of “forever inks”, which is inspired by a post on Fountain Pen Network asking “if you had to rebuild your ink collection from scratch, what would your initial selections be?”. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this since reading his blog …

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Fountain Pen Photography: How To Focus Stack

John Bosley How To 6 Comments

If you’ve ever tried to photograph your fountain pen nib using a macro lens, you’re probably aware of how frustrating it can be trying to get everything in focus. It seems like no matter what you do, a small part of the nib is in focus, while a big part of the nib is out of focus. Unfortunately, due to …

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What’s The Difference Between Inexpensive and Expensive Fountain Pens?

John Bosley Fountain Pen Education 32 Comments

One of the biggest questions many people who are somewhat new to fountain pens have is what is the difference between an expensive fountain pen and an inexpensive fountain pen? It is really worth spending hundreds or even thousands more on a pen? In this post I want to talk about some of the more significant differences between expensive and …