How To Make a Quill Pen

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A quill pen is a very interesting type of tool that has survived many centuries. Its appeal remains unparalleled, and people still want to create the effect of signing with ink using their quill pens. If you are interested in creating your own quill pen, you need not worry, as it is relatively easy to do, and you might derive pleasure in creating as much as using the quill pen for your writing fancies.

Feather pens are also available in the market today, but they are more for sentimental value than as a normal office supply. Office products like normal ballpoint pens are more practical as part of your company’s roster of office supplies. However, special writing occasions may call for more special writing options such as what the quill pen can offer.  While computerization is rampant, and you might prefer the mouse and keyboard for convenience, nothing beats the personalized quality that pen and ink can offer.

A feather pen is the very first requirement in making your own quill pen. If you would want the old-fashioned style of quill pen, it might do you a lot of good to have a short and sharp blade handy, shaped to fit the tip of the feather. Most ancient writers prefer their quill pens less feathery, as they can interfere with their writing work. Determine how feathery you want your quill pen to be since you might just find some extra strands more appealing and manageable than did our predecessors.

Once you have made up your mind about how much feather you can handle in your pen, immerse the tip of the feather pen in hot sand. Be careful as you do this, so as not to burn your hands in the process. Leave the tip there for a few minutes. If you can, watch the tip of the feather pen closely and continue to hold it until the tip becomes ready for shaping.

After immersing it in hot sand, the tip will become more pliable for whatever shape you would like it to assume. The usual practice for creating a quill pen is by means of creating a diagonal pointed shape at the tip of the feather. Then you can devise ways to insert the short blade. But then, if you are at odds with handling short and sharp objects, you can make do with the actual tip of your feather pen and carve a pointed shape on it.

If you are already satisfied with the tip of your feather pen, you can place your quill pen on a test writing activity by dipping it in ink. This will also enable you to further discover if your quill pen is already of the right thickness or if the point is producing the kind of effect that you were expecting for your ink. Practice would definitely make perfect in this activity, as you might find it difficult to set the right shape and thickness during your first try.

The good thing about making a quill pen is that it is relatively easy to do, materials are readily available, and it would not cost an arm and a leg to shape it in the exact way that you want it.


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