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A Brief History of Quill Pens

Pens are not just a tool but have become somewhat of a symbol of man’s technological progress. In the 6th century BC, the quill pen came into existence. The feathers were plucked from swans, turkeys or geese. The feather was dried so that all the fatty and oily materials cannot interfere with the ink. Feathers for right-handed people were preferably plucked from a bird left wing. This ensured that the feather would curve away from the line of sight of the writer. The Pens Australia website has comprehensive information on all the types of pens available in the market today.

The writer would then sharpen the feather’s tip with a knife. The quill knife was one of the popular utensils of the time that was designed especially for cutting and sharpening the point of the quill. The knife had had a blade that was round on one side and flat on the other. This allowed the writer to shape the feather into an appropriate point for stylish writing.

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The feather is then ready for writing. Most people believe that the writer has to dip the tip of the quill into ink after every few words. However, what was interesting was that the tip of the quill has a hollow shaft that works as an ink reservoir.