Make a Modern Quill Pen

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Introduction: Make a Modern Quill Pen

Fancy writing with a feather, but can't stand the hassle and mess of dipping it in ink?

The modern quill pen is as clean as a Biro and writes for just as long

Let me show you how I make them

Step 1: Find Your Feather

You'll need a flight feather of at least 6" in length

I live near the sea, so I just went down to the beach and found one from a gull

Warning:Feathers can carry diseases, so wear gloves or wash hands after handling initially. Wash with detergent and then sterilize with alcohol or similar

Step 2: Tart Up Your Feather

Unless you're lucky, your feather will need a brush to make it look good

Flight feathers have hooks to keep the featherletts (is there such a word) together. Brushing can disturb these and make the feather look lovely and whispy. Of course the choice is yours.

Step 3: Install the Writing Bit

Salvage a Biro cartridge from a cheap pen

Snip the base of the feather off so that you get a hole the same diameter as the cartridge

Push the cartridge up inside the feather, adding a spot of super glue just as the nib gets close

Step 4: Try It Out!

It's as simple as that!

Now try it out, and imagine yourself as a script to a medieval King or Queen

Thanks for reading my instructable. I hope you enjoyed it.

Cheers,

Mitch

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nice, I live too far from the beach.

You might get lucky and find a ravens feather on your lawn.

i Love your idea with the modern quill pen. Keep it up! A side note would be to maybe incorporate the cap of the pen and maybe snip off the end of the pen so it’s more realistic.

Thanks. I'm sure that would work real well