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    You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    Do you "print" or do you use "cursive" writing. And a related question is - how many pen lovers on this board know cursive writing?

    It was fairly recently that I learned that cursive witting isn't even taught in US schools anymore! I guess I'm showing my age. To me "writing" and "cursive writing" mean the same thing.

    But back to the original question - does it even make sense to use a nice fountain pen to "print" a note? I enjoy imagining the ink in the pen evenly flow out as I "write" (that is cursive). To print, I'd rather us a ball point.

    What is the thinking on this question?
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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    Cursive is florid, with all the loops, and it's hard to write either quickly or well. It's dying for good reason. And actually, the loops work better with a pencil or ballpoint.

    My basic style is cursive italic, but my writing's terrible. :)
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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    It matters not, writing or printing, but the pleasure you get using the pen.....
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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    Cursive for me.
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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    Printing, as I hate to punish a good pen and paper with my terrible cursive expertise.......
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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    Interesting range of replies.

    Myself, I've found that my cursive writing with a fountain pen is not so great. Seems I've been typing on a keyboard too long. I'm working to improve it.

    I've been practicing though I'm not sure who will be the recipient of my well formed missive.

    Who writes letters these days? To whom?

    In the meantime - my short term goal is to be able to read my own writing

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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    Cursive is a better nib test. You'll detect skipping or other issues right away. That is another thing.
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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    Quote Originally Posted by gangrel View Post
    Cursive is florid, with all the loops, and it's hard to write either quickly or well. It's dying for good reason. And actually, the loops work better with a pencil or ballpoint.

    My basic style is cursive italic, but my writing's terrible. :)
    Interesting that you say it's hard to write quickly. One of its functions is to be quicker, because you're not constantly lifting and moving the pen. You move in one continuous line, with the occasional interruption to cross a t or dot an i.
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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    I learned cursive in school (I'm 50) and I still use it for personal writing. At work I take lots of notes, so printing it is. My fountain pens make the printing easier on my knuckles after a long session.

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    Re: You got your new fountain pen and you take it out for a test ride - print or cursive?

    I test and use both styles.

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