ITC Cheltenham Handtooled®

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What is the ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® font?

Tony Stan designed ITC Cheltenham in 1975. It is a revival based on a turn-of-the-century design by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. Many typefaces from that period were unable to convey strong, bold ideas, and Cheltenham was created as an alternative; the original Cheltenham had long ascenders and short descenders as a result of legibility studies indicating that the eye identifies letters by scanning their tops. ITC Cheltenham has heavier stroke weights and more condensed proportions; combined with a large x-height, these features provide a legible, unusual text type. ITC Cheltenham Handtooled was designed by Ed Benguiat in 1994 and is a reworking of the ITC Cheltenham Bold into a display face that has the look of incised capitals. More…
The ratio of black to white in these characters gives it a subtle flair that make it suitable for headlines or initials in books and other sophisticated work.

ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® Font families

The ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® includes the following font families:

  • Cheltenham Std Hdtooled Bold
  • Cheltenham Std Hdtooled Bold Italic

ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® Preview

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You're probably thinking - Is ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® 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 ITC Cheltenham Handtooled®, 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 ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® 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 ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of ITC Cheltenham Handtooled®. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® 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 ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want ITC Cheltenham Handtooled® 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. :)