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Love letters are still written by hand. OK COMPUTER?

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Drafts are still drawn by hand. OK COMPUTER?

Really important things are still written by hand 

Nothing can replace your signature! Texts which are close to your heart, you write neither with the computer nor send them as text messages.
You rather write them with love; and by hand.
The point here is not to demonize the computer. There's no reason to do so. It has become an integral part of our time. But handwriting does have its place. Because writing by hand makes a text meaningful and tangible. The hand puts emotions and ideas down on paper. And this is to continue in the future.

Introduction into Calligraphy

The art of writing

A brief history of calligraphy

Please don’t misunderstand: It is far from us to criticize your writing unseen. Perhaps you wield a magic pen or phrase like young Goethe.
Nevertheless, calligraphy – the art of beautiful writing – is in a league of its own. After this brief introduction will you understand why

The art of writing

Pretty old

Calligraphy is as old as writing itself. And that means it is old; very, very old. Just how old exactly, nobody knows - it is estimated about 5,000 years.
In the Western world, this beautiful writing arose more or less parallel to the Holy Scripture. Copying biblical texts was considered a sacred act, which is why it was necessary to make best efforts. The ultimate objective: legibility. The transcripts were therefore decorated only with illustrations and pictures.

The art of writing

Pretty complex

Pretty much in contrast to Islam and Judaism. Here, pictorial representation was – and is – forbidden. Thus, Arab calligraphers created calligrams – shape poetries in which aesthetically drawn words come together as effigies and symbols. For Hebrew calligraphers, precision is paramount. The highly regarded sofers therefore copy each of the original’s letters individually and decorate the words with “coronets”.


The art of writing

Pretty unreadable

In China and Japan, calligraphy is a major art form even today, and it is one thing in particular: an end unto itself.
The actual purpose of writing – being able to read it – becomes completely unimportant. Rather, impulses and emotions are made visible.
The results are expressive scripts which often only express themselves.

The art of writing

Pretty modern

So much for history. However, this is not the end of the story. Calligraphy is still relevant today. Arab graffiti artists for example use the traditional calligraphy in their works and convey – nicely packed – political messages as well. In the Middle East, calligraphy thus forms a basis for modern street art which literally puts in an appearance.


The art of writing

Pretty versatile

You see, calligraphy is more than the art of beautiful writing: It is the art of readable, artistic, accurate, expressionistic – even sprayed – writing.
And even if you don’t use ink to whip up your notes and shopping lists, your handwriting can still be beautiful. In any case, it does tell plenty about you.
Much more than a Word document or an e-mail. And that’s what we like. Do you, too?


Love Letters

Not long ago, the probably oldest manual about love letters was discovered. Where? True to style in Verona - home of Romeo and Juliet. The pink tome named "modi dictaminum" was written by the medieval love expert Guido, who recommended comparing the beauty of the revered lady with gemstones. That will definitely work.
The love letter - the most intimate form of written communication - is sacred. Don't ever consider replacing it with a text message or an e-mail. Confessing one's own feelings will succeed only in handwriting.

Our guide will tell you how!

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What F.R. David recognized so consequentially in 1982 took him to the top of the German music charts and sold more than 8 million records for him. The secret of "Words" lies perhaps in its veracity.
Because writing isn't easy, and writing songs is even less so. But don't bury our head in the sand just yet, little John Lennon.

Our tutorial will help to make it happen.

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Penmanship is from yesteryear. It dates back to school, when a strict teacher drilled us in aesthetic perfectionism and rewarded pretty bows with a smiling face. Today we scribble only when we have to, when neither computer, tablet, nor smartphone are readily to hand. Therefore, we have forgotten not only calligraphy, but also the significance of handwriting itself.

It's high time to change that.

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Handwriting Test


Can I also sign with an X?

This is not possible in most countries. After all, the individual signature serves to personally confirm documents; an X doesn’t provide sufficient proof of identification. In past ages, people often signed with an X – sometimes even with three. This, however, revealed that the person was unable to write or – mildly put – illiterate.

Because you do it so seldom. Handwriting is like a sport: Jogging just once will not turn a couch potato into a top athlete – it will result only in aching muscles. But practise makes perfect. This applies to pencil acrobats as well. So go on practising and keep at it. Your hand will once again get used to the unaccustomed strain and will eventually write “all by itself”.

Facsimile is Latin and translates roughly to “make alike”. Thus, the term refers to a copy of a document which is faithful in terms of size, colour and condition. Such facsimiles are often used in museums, if the historical original is too valuable to be displayed. The sophisticated production process is done by a complex pressure-mechanical or photomechanical process rather than by hand because no handwriting can be copied 1:1.

Yes we will. Writing is one of the most important attributes of human beings and handwriting one of the main characteristics of the individual. Because no one else writes like you – except on the computer. With all due respect for technical progress and making work easier: Words typed are not the same as words written by hand – and never will be.

For about 85-90% of the population, it is the right hand. But please don’t misunderstand: The dominant hand doesn’t suppress the other one. Rather, it is the one we use to perform complicated processes with. And this includes writing.
In the past, left-handers were re-educated to use the right hand instead. This is no longer the case. Today we know that the respective other cerebral hemisphere is responsible for the dominance, a circumstance which is difficult to change. Interestingly, animals also have a favourite hand or paw. And there are almost as many left-handed animals as there are right-handed ones.

There are many possibilities. We will present the three which are easiest: Milk, vinegar and lemon juice. Simply use one of these liquids in place of the good old ink, and you can write your messages invisibly even on normal paper. To make the message appear, all the receiver needs to do is to hold the paper over a candle or other warm light source. It’s fun – not only for children!

Because the woman – or man – of your dreams, your dream job or your dream apartment could be just around the next corner. Armed with a pen, you can quickly jot down important details. In the age of mobile and smart phones you could, of course, do this differently; the traditional method is nonetheless much simpler.
After all, your flame’s telephone number scribbled on a napkin is a much nicer memento than just another number added to your telephone’s contact list.

Why do we write so seldom?

Because computers and the like relieve us of this manual work almost everywhere. Today, most workplaces are equipped with a computer while laptop computers and the like are already waiting at home. This makes us lazy. Thanks to smart phones, we have become increasingly lazy when on the road; instead of taking up pen and paper we rather pull out the electronic darling. Such devices do make life easier, a fact everybody welcomes. And rightly so. Yet using a pen once in a while hasn’t harmed anyone – least of all our brain.

It would be better if they did. Not only because it makes you smart. Writing promotes coordination skills and has a positive effect on the whole brain because it trains many important parts of it. When typing on the keyboard, the processes are less complex. Moreover, information written is better embedded in memory and thus remembered more easily than if only typed.

Let’s not paint a black picture of this subject; nor simply gloss over. Instead, let’s put it this way: Handwriting as such will definitely stay with us for a long time. But we like to rely on other tools – audio books or the walkie-talkie functions of mobile phones are examples for this. It is therefore all the more important to take time for old-fashioned skills every now and again – essential human skills like writing by hand – and to apply and consciously maintain them. In a fast-paced world, the motto may at times be ‘slowing down one’s life’.

Under two conditions: Either as a real calligraphy talent who gets paid for writing beautiful words – or if you are dead. Harsh words but true. Bill Gates paid more than 30 million $ for a notebook of Leonardo da Vinci. Had the Italian scholar been alive, the founder of Microsoft would probably have paid much less.

Nothing easier than that! Instead of using a conventional fountain pen, better use the STAEDTLER pigment liner. This fine liner dries within seconds, ensuring that nothing becomes smudged. Nine available line widths also provide a range of applications.

Well, Germany’s favourite all-round talent always appreciated a pencil’s ease-of-use. Because writing with a quill or dip pen required some kind of inkwell – along with dunking and wiping. Hence Goethe praised the easy handling of a pencil, even lauding it in “Dichtung und Wahrheit” (Poetry and Truth): “In such a mood I liked best to get hold of a lead pencil, because I could write most readily with it ; whereas the scratching and spluttering of the pen would sometimes wake me from my somnambular poetising, confuse me, and stifle a little conception in its birth.”

There are two reasons: You have got either poor pencils or an old sharpener. Do the test with a STAEDTLER pencil. If its pencil tip breaks off, too, then the sharpener is to blame – and it’s time to pension it off. Over time, the blade of the sharpener becomes dull and it will no longer work. Replace your sharpener regularly. Rule of thumb: Time’s up after 12 fully-sharpened pencils or 24 coloured pencils.