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The height of ordinary minuscules. Of interest primarily to calligraphers as a reference in choosing nib sizes. The x-height is determined by the height of the meanline above the baseline and is frequently 5∕8 the distance between the baseline and the head line. See also baseline, head line, majuscule, meanline, minuscule.
A capillary-filling pen with a hooded nib, sold by Waterman in the late 1950s; supposedly, it was Waterman’s attempt to compete with the Parker 61. Produced in a variety of models at various trim levels by Jif-Waterman of France, the X-Pen was the last pen sold by the U.S. Waterman company. Read a profile of the X-Pen here. See also filler, JiF.
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