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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.
1 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 (first model illustrated below) was the last pen sold by the U.S. Waterman company. Read a profile of the X-Pen here. See also filler, JiF. 2 (X-Pen International Ltd) A pen manufacturing company located in Tel Aviv, Israel; founded in 2003. The company’s ballpoints, fountain pens, and rollerballs are mostly all metal, with relatively few resin models. Internal components are sourced from well-known manufacturers worldwide to ensure quality. Styling is distinctly modern; even the company logo features a bird in flight as the letter X.
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