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What is the Sabon® font?

In the early 1960s, the German Master Printers’ Association requested that a new typeface be designed and produced in identical form on both Linotype and Monotype machines so that text and technical composition would match. Walter Cunz at Stempel responded by commissioning Jan Tschichold to design a new version of Claude Garamond’s serene and classical Roman. Its bold, and particularly its italic styles are limited by the requirements of Linotype casting machines, forcing the character widths of a given letter to match between styles, giving the italic its characteristic narrow f. The family’s name is taken from Jacques Sabon, who introduced Garamond’s Romans to Frankfurt. Sabon has long been a favorite of typographers for setting book text, due to its smooth texture, and in large part because Tschichold’s book typography remains world famous.

Sabon® Font families

The Sabon® includes the following font families:

  • Sabon Roman
  • Sabon Italic
  • Sabon Bold
  • Sabon Bold Italic

Sabon® Preview

Here is a preview of how Sabon® will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

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

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

If you really want Sabon® 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. :)