Quill Pens

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“To actually cut a quill pen (O.E. writingfeðer), a sharp ‘pen-‘knife (O.E. writseax) and much patient practice are needed. Select the feather from one of the first five flight feathers of any large bird such as a Goose, Swan or even a Peacock. Interestingly enough, feathers from the left wing fit the right hand best, and vice versa. Soak the feather in hot water until it is soft, harden it by pushing it into hot sand, then proceed as follows…”

Article by Leofwine and Yffi
Regia Anglorum

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