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Quills


N151. CUT Goose Quill
N151. Cut Goose Quill.
Each quill is expertly cut by hand by Dennis Ruud. The quill has been shortened and most of the barbs trimmed off to make it a more practical writing tool. Judging from the illustrations in early books, this is the way quills were prepared historically and are prepared now by serious modern scribes. These are quills for use, not for show.

Choose: .75mm, 1mm, 2mm.
Sizes are approximate.

Care of your quill. Donald Jackson writes in The Calligrapher's Handbook: "A quill which is left to dry quickly after use, may shrink slightly and then distort...and a good pen can be spoiled. However, quills need not be kept soaking at all times, especially when they are needed for fine sharp writing at small sizes, when the pen needs to be kept dry and hard. However, there is a case for taking steps to compensate for over-drying especially now that many of our rooms, winter and summer, are so low in humidity. Placing the feather shaft downwards on a wet sponge in a tall covered jar would seem to be a good compromise. A well-tempered pen should then remain in stable shape."



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N24. Uncut CURED Goose Quill
These goose quills have already been cured (hardened) and are ready to be cut for writing.
These American goose quills are hand selected for suitability for calligraphy. These are 12-13" quills with larger diameter staffs with thick walls. (They are not selected for their decorative condition.)

Quills are very light, very flexible, and deliver a wide variety of media easily -- thick gesso, creamy gouache or thin ink.
See S265. Quill Knife for a knife specially shaped for cutting quills.



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N26. Goose Quills Uncut & Uncured
These UNCURED goose quills need to be cured (hardened) before they are cut for writing.
These are American goose quills that are hand selected for their suitability for calligraphy. They are 12-13" quills with larger diameter staffs with thicker walls. (They are not selected for their decorative condition.)

Quills are very light, very flexible, and deliver a wide variety of media easily -- thick gesso, creamy gouache or thin ink.
See S265. Quill Knife for a knife specially shaped for cutting quills.



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S265. Quill Knife
S265. Quill Knife

July 2019: The RH Quill is currently out of stock. We are currently sourcing a new supplier so it may be 4-6 months before we have them available.

Both blade and handle specially shaped for cutting quills as per Donald Jackson's instruction on pages 20-23 of The Calligraphers Handbook. The blade is beveled one side, straight the other. Blade is hardened and tempered high carbon steel. Specify Left or Right (see below).

Which quill knife to buy?

The right-hand/left-hand versions of the quill knife are based on cutting a quill toward yourself. Apparently, this is the traditional way to cut a quill in England, though some instructors (such as Peter Thornton) teach quill cutting with away-cuts. If you will cut away from yourself when cutting a quill into a pen, you will need an "opposite-hand" quill knife.



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