Free fonts are generally crude and lack attention to detail, but from time to time I’ll see a few that are worth a closer look, and some of these fit the bill.
One of them — The Kabel — has a few lovely application shots, like this…
Not that I’m religious, or having a bad day. Nice Photoshop skills though (timelapse below).
Not to be confused with Rudolph Koch’s Kabel type family from the 1920s, the one above was digitised by Mathias Nösel who was inspired by the superb typographic work of Buenos Aires-born designer Pablo Alfieri.
You can see what other free fonts are available on the Fontfabric website.
Related, from the archives: Blanch font family, free download.