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A few lettering pieces


Excellence of another kind
In a time when broad edge pens were largely forgotten, another tool was used for artful writing.


Different pen, different aesthetics

C opperplate was in popular use for more than two centuries. It has probably been used by more people than any other documentary hand in the western world.

It was written with the whole arm, rather than just the fingers and the wrist. The line quality was the result of a pointed pen. Added pressure separates the two halves of a cloven nib to create a bolder line. (The angle of a broad edge pen makes thicks and thins.)

In time, entry strokes that got the ink flowing became curved flourishes. The pen only tolerated a limited movement pattern. This produced writing with beautiful texture. It was great while it lasted.

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