"I remember, before I knew how to drive a manual transmission, that
admiring high end sports cars would leave me feeling vaguely ashamed.
What right did I have to ogle a Testarosa, if I’d be completely unable
to put it to good use?

After I learned how to drop the clutch like a pro, however, those
feelings of guilt transfered over to high-end pens. Like expensive
cars, it wasn’t so much that I actually wanted to own one myself.
Rather, passing through stationery or art supply stores, I couldn’t
help but appreciate the beautiful design inherent in a $1000 Mont
Blanc, yet know my chicken-scratching would doubtless make short work
of an 18 karat nib.

Back in January, appalled by the steady downhill slide of my
handwriting, and increasingly unable to read my own notes just hours
after I’d written them, I decided it was time to take action. So, aided
by an online copy of Arrighi’s Operina, I set out to learn how to write in Italics, a beautiful 16th century
hybrid of cursive and print I’d long admired in Da Vinci’s notebooks.

It turns out, in fact, that Italic handwriting isn’t difficult to
learn at all, and, once mastered, it’s remarkably easy to write legibly
at high speeds. The Moleskine journal I tote with me daily marks my
progress – a slow transition from my prior cramped scrawl to the new
smooth chirography that has become nearly habit. For the first time in
my life, I have good handwriting…"

Joshua Newman
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Photo: "day one" by lo tek @ Moleskinerie/FLICKR.
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One thought on “Inked

  1. The secret is out! For a long time I have had the reputation for beautiful handwriting, thanks entirely to the exclusive use of a fountain pen with an italic nib. When I have to resort to a ball-point or felt-tip, my writing degenerates instantly! Aha!

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