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What is the Gryffensee font?

Gryffensee is designed to be the Futura of blackletter, combining the time-honored gravity and relentlessness of the Gothic script with the clean, contemporary freshness of the geometric sans. Built from a tightly controlled inventory of lines, arcs, sharp cuts, and OpenType features, Gryffensee was born and raised in the digital age, yet retains the powerful charisma and human warmth of its mediaeval blackletter ancestors. As a result, it excels in a wide range of display settings, logotypes, and short text. Unlike most conventional blackletters, it even handles all-caps usage with grace, and includes an extensive Cyrillic character set (in the Pro version). More…
Apart from a generous range of automatic ligatures and contextual alternates, Gryffensee offers stylistic alternates that allow users to customize its appearance to their tastes. The capital letters|AGHIKZ| come in alternate cuts that trade traditional shapes for increased legibility, while the letter|s| appears in three cuts, each with a unique, distinct flavor. All these options are accessible through OpenType stylistic sets in the main Latin font, Gryffensee Eins. For easy use in applications without OpenType support, we provide two additional Latin fonts (Gryffensee Zwei and Drei) in which these options replace the default cuts. Finally, Gryffensee Pro offers all the functionality of Gryffensee Eins, plus Cyrillic support.
My intention to devise a contemporary geometric blackletter was inspired by four hand-painted letters,|ABCD|, in Sasha Prood’s online portfolio. I later found out that he had, in turn, taken those letters from an existing font, Bastard, by Jonathan Barnbrook. Luckily, by that time my project had taken on a life of its own. Gryffensee is an original design that bears only the most superficial resemblance to Bastard. Gryffensee is a mediaeval spelling of the lake Greifensee near which I grew up. It is pronounced [ˈgriːfənˌseː], or “GRIEF-un-say” in English approximation. This font is dedicated to Simone.

Gryffensee Font families

The Gryffensee font includes the following font families:

  • Gryffensee Pro
  • Gryffensee Eins
  • Gryffensee Zwei
  • Gryffensee Drei

Gryffensee Preview

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You're probably thinking - Is Gryffensee available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Gryffensee is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Gryffensee, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Gryffensee and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Gryffensee is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Gryffensee and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Gryffensee. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Gryffensee for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Gryffensee Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Gryffensee remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Gryffensee and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)