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I want a symbol that it is to $k$ as $\ell$ is to $l$.

I looked at Scott Pakin's comprehensive Symbol's list and used detexify but I have not found it.

EDIT: I found a solution but it is a commercial font: http://www.pctex.com/mtpro2.html#Features_of_MTPro2 the cript fonts look really nice :(

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If all else fails in terms of symbols, you could resort to picking a font the would provide something similar to \ell and \kay (say). Consider browsing the LaTeX Calligraphic Font Catalogue. – Werner Sep 5 '11 at 6:45
See this question on lowercase mathcal – Peter Grill Sep 5 '11 at 6:57

As mentioned in your edit, the full version of MTPro2 from PCTeX is non-free and chargeable but includes a wide range of fonts including a script font for use in mathmode that is easy to call:



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Having exactly the same problem (in particular I was looking for a k which cannot be confused with a \kappa), I stumbled upon two interesting options, both of which are shown below. While Zapf Chancery (pzc) offers a nice mathcal-like font, I prefer the actual typeset of the k of the Antykwa Toruńska (antt)






font examples

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