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  1. I was in Portland, OR last week for some alumni activities at Reed College, and I was able to attend the Thursday evening Scriptorium. Jaki Svaren, a professional calligrapher, author of Written Letters: 33 Alphabets for Calligraphers and a student of Lloyd Reynolds at Reed in the '50's. Jaki usually attends the weekly Scriptorium and has been of great help, coaching Greg MacNaughton who actually does the teaching. I captured some copies of a handout Jaki had provided for the attendees with her version of italic minuscule ductus and numerous instructive notes on each letter. I got her
  2. This is not a pen review, strictly speaking. Rather, it is a review of nibs. More specifically, it is a comparison of 4 italic nibs installed on 4 high-end pens, reflecting my continuing quest for the very best fountain pen for writing italic text. A couple more distinctions seem in order: First, this is not about the cheapest italic pen, nor even the “best buy” italic pen. It is about the best italic nib. Second, it is not about italic nibs used to make ones Palmer-type cursive writing “more interesting.” It is about using italic nibs for writing italic script. Okay. That is (at l
  3. I never had really good handwriting. I started to learn Italic in college but could not continue with it after entering medical school. My "regular" cursive just got worse and worse as I increased my writing speed, trying (fruitlessly) to keep up with the professors. It stayed worse too. A couple years ago, as I approached retirement, I resumed my study of italic writing. Now, in retirement, I use italic almost exclusively. It has become my everyday hand. I hope this is seen as a message of hope by those seeking improved penmanship. David





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