It is not hard to compose …

Day 1 of this hand, these rules: 

  • 3/8" x-height (= about 9.5mm)
  • 1/4" ascenders and descenders
  • 1/2" real capitals (=about 12.5mm)
  • 1.5mm Tape nib
  • fairly flat pen angle, maybe 25°
  • flatten pen angle at top and bottom of straight strokes
  • some additional waisting via pressure
  • smooth inner counter at joins
  • consistent figure between bowls of a and e


It doesn't flow well; it's not yet in my kinetic knowledge. The sleeve of my jacket keeps impeding the smoothness of the long vertical strikes. The pen angle keeps creeping up. The s needs work (not unique to this hand!). I need to either tighten the word spacing or loosen the letter spacing. There is more. But this is enough to be going on with.