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With the sheer variety of beautiful pen designs, you may be wondering: “How could I ever choose the perfect pen?”
But not to worry!
Just because no two people on the planet that have identical handwriting, doesn't mean we can't find the similarities that will get you everything you need from a pen.
Let's consider a few examples of the techniques used to differentiate handwriting styles.
Handwriting analysis is sometimes used as a forensics practice to identify a person from written documents or signatures.
There are 12 characteristics used in forensic handwriting analysis that are quite interesting examples to observe in your own handwriting style:
With so many characteristics to consider, it’s no wonder there’s a study called “graphology” dedicated to handwriting and analyzing its connection to psychology.
(Want to learn more about what your handwriting says about you? Check out this simple Handwriting Personality Test.)
Now that we have had a good look at what your own style is, let's talk about inks, penmanship styles, and the good ol' pen.
First up is ink.
Not all ink is made the same, and they all have different strengths and weakness.
There are three basic ink styles:
Hand dominance, how closely you group your letters together, and how much pressure you apply when writing are all impacted by the type of ink used.
For instance, lefties will have better luck with oil-based ink that dries on contact to prevent smearing. And if you write with your letters close together, a gel ink will add definition to each line.
There are three main types of handwriting styles:
Now, let’s see what makes different handwriting styles unique and how to choose a perfect pen accordingly.
Cursive handwriting, also known as the running hand, longhand, or script, is one of the more beautiful penmanship forms characterized by joined letters written in a fluid hand motion.
Writing in cursive is visually impressive and functional. It makes writing faster and more efficient by minimizing the lifts and separations of each letter and word. It requires some practice to learn as it’s more of an artistic handwriting style.
We differentiate Casual and Formal Cursive; the main difference being that the former encompasses a combination of joins and lifts while the latter is all conjoined.
If we dig through the history of this beautiful penmanship style a bit, we’ll find three more subclasses of cursive writing:
As you might have guessed, cursive handwriting and a fountain pen make the perfect match.
This iconic writing instrument (a modern-day quill) is a must-have for any writing enthusiast and penmanship aficionado — especially if you wish to write or improve your cursive.
Cursive may well be a “dying art”, but using a fountain pen could be the exact thing you need to be that “analog guy (or a gal) in the digital world,” as Hank Moody of Californication says.
Writing in cursive while using a proper tool is much more enjoyable than the usual simple act — it’s a perfect way to slow down and reconnect with yourself and your thoughts, and sign documents with class.
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On the opposite side of cursive, there is a simpler and more usual everyday handwriting style.
Known as block letters, ball & stick, print script, or manuscript — print handwriting is taught to children at the earliest age in most English speaking countries.
Sometimes the terms print or block letters are used to describe block capitals — both small and large capital letters that imitate the typeset of capital letters.
Print letters are disconnected and much easier to read, which is why this type of penmanship is perfect for, and is often a requirement of, filling out official forms.
Ballpoint pens are the epitome of reliability and function to be used for a lifetime. There is a reason for them being so popular, as we use them for everyday writing purposes.
Being reliable and consistent, they are probably the safest bet as a beautiful and thoughtful gift — especially if you’re not sure which pen style the person you wish to gift it to uses.
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The final style of handwriting is a “best of both worlds” sort of a thing — D’Nealian penmanship.
This handwriting style incorporates both print and cursive handwriting, and has emerged out of practical need. The early 20th century — with its technical revolutions — affected the growth of bureaucratic paperwork. And cursive fell short, trying to keep up.
To add to that, cursive handwriting is proven more difficult for children to learn due to the finger movements necessary that often left their hands cramped.
In answer, a change happened to the cursive style — it was originally Austin Palmer, a handwriting analyst, that thought of eliminating all the loops and unnecessary flourishes.
There have been many instances of this “new and simpler cursive” style, but D’Nealian became the most popular thanks to Donald Thurber who came up with it to help children learn more easily when going from print to cursive.
What better way to compliment a combination of cursive and print than with a writing instrument that itself is a medium between ballpoints and fountain pens?
Rollerball pens use water-based ink, but have mechanics that are similar to a ballpoint pen.
This means they are great at creating clear lines for the constant pick up and put down of print or creating a smooth line for the connections of cursive.
And if you like bold coloring in your handwriting, then you can’t go wrong with a fine Gel pen.
The ink takes a little longer to dry, but it won’t bleed through the page when you sign important documents. It enables you to keep that smooth writing feel while not worrying about refilling the ink.
If you’ve read this far, then you are probably a true writing enthusiast and know what a difference a good writing tool makes.
We hope this article has helped you determine just what pen will make your handwriting pop.
With daily practice, you can learn any style of handwriting and make it your own.
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