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Yes, your beau­ti­ful words are what’s re­ally im­por­tant, but half the fun of hand­writ­ing a let­ter is the pen and pa­per with which you do it. We tapped Liz Chan of Toronto sta­tionery spot Won­der­pens for her rec­om­men­da­tions on the top let­ter-writ­ing tools.

The pen “The Kaweco Sport or the Lamy Sa­far are good starter foun­tain pens. For some­one who is will­ing to spend a bit more, the Water­man Hemi­sphere is a clas­sic.” The ink “Choos­ing ink can be a very per­sonal thing. What does it say about you if you like lush, rich, deep blue or golden brown or dusky pur­ple? Some­times peo­ple can be rec­og­nized for not only their hand­writ­ing but also a dis­tinc­tive ink colour.” The pa­per “Try Ja­panese sta­tionery—it’s beau­ti­ful and smooth. For a clas­sic, el­e­gant look, go for French sta­tionery, like G. Lalo. It’s tex­tured and thick and comes in ivory or white.” The pen­man­ship “It’s all mus­cle mem­ory in your fin­gers, so the more you prac­tise, the bet­ter you get. School­child­ren in France learn cur­sive writ­ing on ruled pa­per that has a bunch of lines that help each let­ter to be uni­form and con­sis­tent in size. Prac­tise ‘a’ over and over so that your fin­gers get used to the shape.”

The write stuff From top: Me­chan­i­cal pen­cil, Water­man ($69.70, at ama­zon. com); foun­tain pen, Mont Blanc ($1,000, mont­blanc-bou­tique-mon­; ball­point pen, Lan­vin ($120,

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