Pirate Text Fonts
Use these pirate fonts for headlines and in some cases, even body copy. Be careful: many of these fonts look best when used sparingly! I've tried to note the faces that would work in larger blocks of text to make things easier for you.
Black Sam's Gold, created in 2001 by Redruth's Basement Software, is an italic, bold weight pirate font that comes in three flavors: regular (seen above), Mapbats (map-based dingbats), and Whydah Heck Poker.
UglyQua, by Manfred Klein, comes in both a roman and italic face, with a complete set of accented characters. Great for setting out blocks of pirate text.
Pieces of Eight, another great treasure map font, was used in the title workups for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Treasure Map Deadhand, by GemFonts, is less distressed than many of our other "treasure map" style pirate fonts, lacking all the jagged strokes. Instead, Treasure Map Deadhand maintains the shapes of the distressed letterforms, making them more readable in longer phrases and blocks of text.
Dlitsch Antiqua, by Manfred Klein, is a squared-off, legible pirate font. It's got quite a few accented characters, and includes several dingbat-like swash characters.
Rapscallion, by Ryan Splint, is a classic blackletter font perfect for treasure maps, matey.
Aquiline Two, by Manfred Klein, is a flowing, slightly italic face. Aquiline Two could work in short blocks of text to get across a full pirate feel. It looks like 16th–18th century handwriting, and comes with a complete set of accented characters. Oddly, it's missing a dollar and Euro symbol, though.
Primitive, by Rick Mueller, stands out especially for its distinctive double-stroked capital letters. It contains a full set of accented characters as well.
Clerica, created in 2004 by Paul Lloyd, is another "almost-text" pirate font. So close to being readable in blocks of text, but falls short once laid out longer than a sentence. It's still a tremendously era-evoking display font to use as headlines or in other places of emphasis.
Sketch Bones, created in 2005 by Character, has letterforms made up of—what else?—weathered bones.
Stoertebeker, by CybaPee Creations, is another parchment-like font with ragged edges. It stands out for having some intriguing touches on the capital letters, such as broad serif strokes.
Such an unfortunate name for a font: Gothic Ultra Trendy, by Blue Vinyl. While the name inspires mental pictures of depressed upper class teenagers in Siouxsie and the Banshees t-shirts and combat boots, the font itself is pretty well-constructed. Heavier than most pirate fonts, Gothic Ultra Trendy is best for headlines and emphasis.
Freebooter, created in 2000 by GemFonts, stands out from other parchment fonts by its swooshy ascenders and descenders. Freebooter comes with three faces: roman, italic, and shadow.