Instructables
this is a simple instructable on how to make an excalibur quill out of a goose feather
the excalibur part is for a report for school
 
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Step 1: Pick your feather

if you live in an area with a load of geese like i do(Bend Oregon) then this will be easy for you. i do not know if this will work with other kinds of feathers since the only other feathers i can find are pheasant feathers in my dads fly tying kit. i will show you the basic steps on how to tie a free style fly (i hate following normal deschutes river fly patterns) in another instructable sooner or later.

enough about me so find your goose feather or other feather (please comment on whether the feather works or not and tell what kind of feather it is if it works). make sure the size feels right in your hand. also make sure it is pretty shiny and soak it in soapy water for about thirty minutes(this is just for cleaning purpose and it can be only like two minutes or two days, but i have no idea if it affects how good the quill will be)and let dry over night or dry with towels(this ruffles the feather though)

Step 2: Peeling the feather

this is super easy just tke the feather fibers frow about one inch up the beginning and peel them off
if some of the feather "shell" comes off it is not a big deal unless it goes over a really thin area on the "shell" which are mostly found on thinner feathers
Alumirust2 years ago
I wish I could find that parrot feather I had when I was smaller....What a beautiful quill pen it would make.
The swan I shot works well
to make ink, you need to get a piece of charcoal, rub it on sand paper, mix the powder with rubbing alcohol, mix, and you have a good ink
Mplinnc4 years ago
you chold tape it. i am not talking about tv.
eleraama5 years ago
You'll want to take a knife and scrape off the waxy (waterproof) coating about an inch or so at the bottom, or the ink won't flow properly. I read a cool method of making ink with charcoal once, might have to make an instructable if I find it...
pease find it i have been trying to make ink for a week and either it will be too thin or too thick post a llink to the ibble once u find it
Also, scrape out the fibrous stuff the fills the feather.
lemonie5 years ago
I don't quite understand "so you can jus fit the tip in the groove and sharpen to a fine point" - is there a separate tip?

But, for a classic pen, you should use a pen-knife (rather than a knife sharpener / fine sandpaper) this would make it more authentic.

L
MteamyMcHotsauce (author)  lemonie5 years ago
i would have but i couldn't find one plus this seams alot easier
(I re-read this and I get the groove bit)
Nothing wrong with doing it in this way, knife is just the traditional old method.
(thanks)

L