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Some letters are written in one stroke, Arrighi points out, others in two. (See the book, page 14.) These are written without a pen lift. He doesn't mention the letters j v w.


These letters were written with two strokes. The letter k was rarely used, which may account for the serifs at the baseline. Let’s take a closer look at the letter e.


Arrighi used two kinds of the letter e, both written in two strokes. On the left is the kind he used when another letter followed. On the right is a terminal letter with a swash, only used in the end of a word.

In chancery italic the letter e is not a loop. It came later.
    You may prefer to write the letter e like that, in a single stroke. Then make the entry stroke high. The underside of the small bowl should be almost horizontal.



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