Itoya Profolio Oasis Light notebook purple

Profolio Oasis Light Notebook Review

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For some reason, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Profolio Oasis notebook. I don’t have anything against it, but it just doesn’t check the boxes I want it to check for a notebook. When I found out that Profolio started offering a different version of that notebook, the Profolio Oasis Light, I wasn’t very excited to try it …

Profolio Oasis Light Notebook

Paper Sample Packs – A Year End Summary and New Announcements!

John Bosley Miscellaneous 2 Comments

This past year things got really serious in the paper sample pack department. It seems that I’m not the only person out there who thought that being able to try paper samples without purchasing an entire notebook would be a good idea! Ironically, since I’ve started offering these sample packs I have purchased hundreds of different notebooks. On the plus …

Kokuyo KB Business Paper with Namiki Vanishing Point fountain pen

Kokuyo KB Business Paper Review

John Bosley Reviews 2 Comments

I am a fan of all of the Kokuyo papers that I have tried before, so when I came across this Kokuyo KB paper I grabbed a ream of it to try out. I knew that if it was anything like the paper in the Campus or Century Edition notebooks I would be quite happy with it. I sure hope …

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Fountain Pen Friendly Notebooks – A Big Roundup

John Bosley Paper 17 Comments

If you’re looking for fountain pen friendly notebooks, the choices can be pretty overwhelming. I’m not just talking about options like lined versus grid paper. I’m talking about the sheer number of manufacturers who are making amazing notebooks these days. And it’s not just one per manufacturer! Some companies like Life have many different options available. How are you supposed …

Kyokuto Expedient Notebook with Parker Vacumatic fountain pen

Kyokuto Expedient Notebook Review

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Once again, I have found a new brand of notebook that I haven’t tried before. This is always something that excites me. I know most of the brands that are on the market and know which ones I like (and which ones I don’t), so finding something new is always a welcome surprise. I picked up a Kyokuto Expedient notebook …

figurare notebook cover with Parker Vacumatic fountain pen

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 …

best line spacing for writing papier plume ink

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? …