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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
Re: quail pen
I used to make them all the time. You simply cut the quill on an angle at the tip and then split the quill about half an inch up ftom the point. This split acts as a resivoir for the ink and absorbs it through capillary action. BTW - the term "Pen Knife" had its genesis in that people carried a small knift that was used to "sharpen" the quill pens by cutting a new angel when the pen point got dull or was broken. Hint: althougy it looks cool to have a full feather, it's best to cut off the end as this makes the quill pen easier to handle. Better ballance and all that sort of thing.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......