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What is italic?
Seven examples

Italic model

A style is only your starting point
Italic is good, solid handwriting. It‘s easy to learn and easy to teach. With a little care it’s beautiful.

What is italic?

Introducing the world’s greatest handwriting

I talic is a historical style, loaded with custom and convention, and lovely with it. The oldest dated example is from 1423. By the late sixteenth century it had developed into early copperplate.

It is slightly slanted, often seven or eight degrees. It is usually condensed, a 3:4 ratio. The bowls are smooth triangles. The capitals have classical shapes, sometimes with swashes. The letter e is usually written in two strokes, which is much better than a loop. The descender of the letter f tends to turn left. But that's a long story.