Is there an easy way to produce stealth style arrows in normal math mode? By "stealth" I'm thinking of TikZ stealth arrowhead. Something like \rightarrowstealth?

The question originates from a limit I'm writing. I find the arrowhead of \rightarrow (and the rest of the arrows, honestly) being somewhat less esthetic compared to the TikZ stealth arrowhead. I checked @Qrrbrbirlbel's comment, and I don't believe the arrowhead I'm looking for is listed.

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Stevens comment fixes my problem, though! mathabx's \rightarrow arrowhead is indeed close enough to TikZ's stealth arrowheads for my purposes.

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    Could you clarify what you mean with stealth. There are many arrows available in math-mode. Have you checked the arrow section in symbols-a4.pdf? – Qrrbrbirlbel May 9 '13 at 14:26
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    The mathabx package has some stealth-like arrow designs, designated as \rightarrow, \leftarrow, and many others... – Steven B. Segletes May 9 '13 at 14:59
  • Close enough, @StevenB.Segletes ! Post as answer, and you'll get the credz! – Holene May 9 '13 at 16:32

With the mathabx package, a number of stealth-like arrows are available, including these:

\[x \rightarrow y\]
\[y \leftarrow y\]

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FOLLOW UP: In response to egreg's comment about many symbols being replaced with the mathabx package, and stealing code from Alan Munn at Importing a Single Symbol From a Different Font, one can import just the two arrow symbols, if one wishes to not change other symbols to mathabx.

% Setup the matha font (from mathabx.sty)
      <5> <6> <7> <8> <9> <10> gen * matha
      <10.95> matha10 <12> <14.4> <17.28> <20.74> <24.88> matha12

% Define a subset character from that font (from mathabx.dcl)
% to completely replace the \subset character, you can replace
% \varsubset with \subset


Computer Modern subset
A \rightarrow B

\texttt{mathabx} subset

A \varrightarrow B
B \varleftarrow A


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  • This has the obvious issue that many symbols change their shape. – egreg May 9 '13 at 18:16
  • @egreg Fixed. Thanks for pushing me to look for a fix. – Steven B. Segletes May 9 '13 at 19:35

If you mean the stealth as in the arrow head style of Tikz, the package tikz-cd provides such an interface:

  commutative diagrams/.cd, 
  arrow style=tikz, 
     A \arrow{r} &B

Here is the output I get:


Note that this is as versatile as the mathmode in that, you can have the tikz-cd environment both inline [default] and as display. Further, this is highly customisable: you can decrease the distance between the rows, between the columns, and so on.

I'd suggest that, you read tikz-cd documentation, which is very well-written.

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