[Scriptoris] cutting feather quills

Jennifer Smith jds at randomgang.com
Thu Apr 6 14:03:01 PDT 2006

You might check out this website
http://www.redwulf.info/quill_instructions.htm for information and pictures
of how to cut the quill. 


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> From: scriptoris-bounces+jds=randomgang.com at ansteorra.org 
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> On Behalf Of HL Lucia Piazetta
> Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 2:16 PM
> To: scriptoris at ansteorra.org
> Subject: [Scriptoris] cutting feather quills
> I have a quick question for this group, as I'm NOT a 
> calligrapher by any standards:
> I just purchased some turkey feathers to try making some 
> feather quill pens.  I was wondering if anyone has any tricks 
> or tips on cutting them into good pen tips.  My hubby 
> suggested kitchen shears, so I tried it on one, and it worked 
> fairly well- I got a nice angled cut, which happened to also 
> split exactly down the tip much like a metal nib.  The only 
> thing I don't like is that the tip isn't particularly narrow, 
> and it is a tiny bit ragged (it does write OK for my 
> purposes...as I said, I'm no calligrapher so my letters are 
> blobby and uneven anyway).  Does anyone cut them differently, 
> and are there advantages/disadvantages to using scissors over 
> a knife?  I've SEEN them cut with a knife, but I'm not sure I 
> could control it well enough to get a good cut.  I have about 
> 7 more to play with, so I'm willing to experiment if others 
> have methods to try.  
> -Lucia
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