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What Is Your Ideal Line Spacing Size?

John Bosley Handwriting 30 Comments

Have you ever noticed that writing on some sizes of line spacing feels too cramped for your handwriting, while writing on others feels perfect? Have you ever paid attention to which works the best for you? Well I have noticed that some spacings feel better than others, but have never really paid attention to which I prefer… until now! I …

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How Does Paper Color Affect Ink Color?

John Bosley Fountain Pen Ink 12 Comments

It’s no secret that there are thousands of different colors of ink available to fountain pen users these days. Many of us carefully choose the color of ink we use, passing on one color for another that is slightly different but, to our eyes, perfect. How often do you take the color of the paper you write on into consideration? …

Tsubame Note Notebook review

Tsubame Note Notebook Review

John Bosley Reviews 2 Comments

I always love it when someone asks if I’ve tried out a particular notebook and it leads to me discovering something that I otherwise may not have found on my own. This is what happened in the case of the Tsubame Note notebooks. An Instagram friend told me how much she loved these notebooks and hoped that I could find …

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Introducing My YouTube Channel!

John Bosley Fountain Pen Education 5 Comments

At the beginning of this year, I told myself that I would finally sit down and record some videos to upload to my neglected YouTube channel. Guess what? I did! My goal with the videos I record is to provide something a little different than what’s already out there for the fountain pen community. Of course, I’ll probably create some …

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CVS Caliber Composition Book Review

John Bosley Reviews 10 Comments

When I first heard that you could buy quality notebooks at CVS (a chain of pharmacy/drugstores), I was skeptical. I figured they might have paper that worked with fountain pens, but it wouldn’t be anything special. Still, I wanted to investigate and see how good the paper really is. A notebook only costs a few dollars, so I figured I …

Please Support Your Local Shops and Small Businesses!

John Bosley Miscellaneous 8 Comments

During these crazy times, it’s super-important to support your local shops and small businesses as much as possible. There’s a very real chance that many of them will not make it through this time of social distancing, shelter in place and quarantines. In an effort to help out (at least for fountain pens), here are some links to online shops …

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Things To Do With Your Fountain Pens During A Quarantine

John Bosley Miscellaneous 7 Comments

If you have some extra free time on your hands lately due to Coronavirus-related closures and cancellations, for many that means more time to enjoy using your fountain pens! Unfortunately, many people have a hard time figuring out what to do with their pens, so I’m here to give you a few suggestions. While hopefully not everyone reading this is …