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Rough-Hewn Buzz Saw Font Can Look Either Rustic or Creepy

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  • Generic Company Place Holder Buzz Saw

Did you hear that twig snap? The wooden signs caught in your shaky flashlight beam are lettered in Buzz Saw, a font from Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute and designer Brian Bonislawsky. Available in both TrueType and PostScript versions, Buzz Saw has just the right amount of spookiness to pique the interest of the blasé veteran ghost-story tellers, but has just enough kid-like naivete to keep younger camp members comfy. BuzzSaw includes two different related typefaces, both in all capitals: a blocky wood cut, and one with the same glyphs that have had small chunks chipped away.

Buzz Saw font
Buzz Saw gives the look of letters hand-cut into wood; it's excellent for signs.
Although Buzz Saw was designed as a display face, both versions would do fine as a subhead and are legible as small as 14 points. The lowercase mirrors the uppercase letters, but Bonislawsky has included a full set of punctuation. Just don't hold a flashlight under Buzz Saw's chin.

Buzz Saw is free for both personal and commercial use, although Bonislawsky requests samples/links if you use this font commercially.

Note: To use this font, unzip the folder and install the .ttf file (or if you're installing the PostScript version, the many PostScript files) in the folder C:\Windows\Fonts. Do not install the TrueType and the PostScript files, or the font won't work. Note that the font won't appear in your applications until you close and re-open it. For more guidance see How to Install and Uninstall Fonts in Windows.

--Clare Brandt

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Buzz Saw

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