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What is the Biwa™ font?

Biwa is a new straight-sided family of formally nuanced grotesk typefaces. Biwa’s lighter weights feel subdued, cool in tone, and neutral, while the heavier weights are more robust and full of personality.
Developed over the past few years by Ian Lynam and James Todd, the 14-member Biwa family and the accompanying 14-member Biwa Display family are paeans to the immediate moment when phototype arrived on the global scene — partially smooth and partially machined. Biwa and Biwa Display are neutral in tone, have enlarged x-heights, and look amazing on-screen and in print. More…
Each weight is designed to be highly readable in print and on-screen. The italic variations are true italics, having a single-storied italic a and have been designed for smooth, fluid reading and text-setting. Lovingly spaced and kerned, the Biwa family works equally well for text typesetting and for display design work.
Languages supported include Western European, Central, and South European as well as Vietnamese.
The entire family is comprised of a range of weights and a matching display family that features rounded terminals for large-scale display work.
An agate version of Biwa Black is provided for free.

Biwa™ Font families

The Biwa™ includes the following font families:

  • Biwa Thin
  • Biwa Thin Italic
  • Biwa Light
  • Biwa Light Italic
  • Biwa Regular
  • Biwa Regular Italic
  • Biwa Medium
  • Biwa Medium Italic
  • Biwa Bold
  • Biwa Bold Italic
  • Biwa Black
  • Biwa Black Italic
  • Biwa Agate Black
  • Biwa Ultra
  • Biwa Ultra Italic
  • Biwa Display Thin
  • Biwa Display Thin Italic
  • Biwa Display Light
  • Biwa Display Light Italic
  • Biwa Display Regular
  • Biwa Display Regular Italic
  • Biwa Display Medium
  • Biwa Display Medium Italic
  • Biwa Display Bold
  • Biwa Display Bold Italic
  • Biwa Display Black
  • Biwa Display Black Italic
  • Biwa Display Ultra
  • Biwa Display Ultra Italic

Biwa™ Preview

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

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Is Biwa™ A free font? Is Biwa™ Free to Download?

No,Biwa™ is not free to download. You will need to pay for it I'm afraid. Almost every font that we list on is a paid-for, premium font. We do have a Free Fonts section where we list free fonts that you can download. There is no point trying to find a free download of Biwa™ so please don't waste your time looking.

It is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Biwa™ for free. There's 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 Biwa™ remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Biwa™ 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. :)