When most people think of ancient writers, they imagine them with a piece of parchment and an elaborate quill pen. This tool has a vast history and was used to record many famous documents. Quill pens have been around since the 6th-century. They were one of the main writing tools during the Middle Ages and until the end of the 19th-century.
Instead of running around looking for dead geese, where it is the adage to take the longest three feathers from their wings, you may want to instead buy feathers quite cheaply from hobby and craft shops. Plus, hopefully, they will be much cleaner. With the cleanest and preferably sharpest of knives, cut diagonally on each side, across the end nib of the feather. If you are hoping to write seriously with this pen, it is advised that you cut it finely. On the other hand, if you are intending it for creative use, a thicker nib is advised for calligraphy. There is of course another way of doing this, which involves sticking the insides of a biro pen within the shaft of the feather.
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By medieval times, the craft of writing had evolved to a form fairly similar to today's pen and ink. Writing in medieval times required more work than today, and fewer people possessed the knowledge to produce it. The tools were certainly not sophisticated, but medieval writing displayed an artistry that is now absent.