From French for bastard, batard is the name for a shape of french bread: the longish oval shape that might have been created via the illegitimate union of a boule and a baguette.

The Batard calligraphy font is a direct descendant of the gothic pen with a cursive twist. Popularized in 13-16th century French manuscripts, some of the hairline strokes are difficult to perform with a metal nib, as they were designed for a flexible quill nib.

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