This thread is especially timely for me, having just returned to italic after a 2 year pointed pen hiatus. I continue writing Spencerian monoline and practice OP almost daily, but a small edged pen (c. .5mm L-oblique) has crept back into my pocket as the principal carry pen. After a short period of reacquaintance, I find I can write both hands with equal speed and can change pen type pretty much at will. As Ken's post above suggests, italic's appearance does hold up well for me with speed (better than Spencerian), right up to the point where it falls apart completely. My italic can be pushed more gracefully, but won't be pushed as far.
As with pointed pen, I'm more interested in italic as handwriting, not as calligraphy, and, after 2 years writing Spencer almost exclusively, I find my revenant italic has a distinct Spencerian bent. Considering the italic tropes in my Spencerian, this shouldn't have been a surprise: I seem to lack the neuro-muscular bandwidth to main two separate, distinct hands. (Ken, you'll have no competition from me.) I'll probably post an example sometime in the coming weeks.
Edited by Mickey, 16 November 2013 - 17:06.
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