Back in high school my friends and I used to ask each other that question. We'd all pull out our writing instruments of choice and compete to see who could write the smallest. I usually won. If I didn't have the smallest writing, then at least I had the smallest legible writing.
I've mentioned my small handwriting on this blog many times before, so now I thought it was time to both show you my handwriting and ask you the question as well: how small can you write?
The photo above shows a few examples of my handwriting (with a penny for scale). The first line is my normal handwriting using a standard 0.7mm gel pen. Usually I don't like using pens of this size because they require me to write larger than I'm comfortable with. The second line is my normal handwriting with a 0.3mm Pentel Slicci gel pen, the finest pen I own. This is the size of handwriting that is most comfortable for me, and that I naturally write with when I'm using a fine-tipped pen. The final two lines are me actually trying to write small; the letters in these lines measure scarcely a millimetre high. Here's a close-up of those lines:
My handwriting looks a bit messier here and I screwed up the "u" in the second line, but it's still legible. And the letters on the penny look huge in comparison! At this scale, I can also see that the ink was feathering quite a bit - not usually something I have an issue with with the Pentel Slicci, but when the writing gets this small even the tiniest bit of feathering becomes a big issue. (And I also wasn't using Clairefontaine paper, which I should have been doing.)
Obviously, how small you can write depends quite a bit on the kind of pen that you're using. I'd never be able to write this small with a 0.7mm pen, and I can so far only dream about how small I'd be able to write with a 0.1mm or even 0.05mm pen. But how small you can go (legibly) also depends on factors such as the steadiness of your hand, your ability to see fine details, and your focus and concentration. I would never write as small as those final two lines on a regular basis, but it is fun to give it a try now and then.
So, how small can you write? How small is your regular handwriting? Feel free to post photos on your blog and share the link here, if you like.