Oblique entry


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Arrighi's other beginning stroke is thin and oblique. It moves up and sideways along the edge of the pen. This way the ink can already be flowing nicely at the point where the stem begins. (See the book, page 10.)


The oblique stroke begins the letters e i m n p r t u and the y (written here with two dots.) Nowadays most people also prefer it for for the letters v w x y z.

Entry strokes are parts of the letters and add a pleasant touch to the writing. Your modern pen may not need them to get the ink flowing. They are worth keeping nonetheless, for their looks if nothing else. Exaggerate them if you like. You can start an oblique stroke as low as the baseline.



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