Also, modern fountain pen ink is designed to flow without clogging up
modern fountain pens, so it probably is too runny to use with a quill.
I'm sure one of our resident calligraphers would be more than happy
to recommend a good ink to use with quill pens!
Some websites to peruse:
http://www.regia.org/quill2.htm (from the Regia Anglorum organization,
with links to some authentic ink recipes!)
http://www.flick.com/~liralen/quills/quills.html (by Liralen Li)
Yours in service,
Ly. Giraude Benet
It is quite possible that the quills that you have, have not been
cut properly for use as a writing instrument.
You might be interested in looking at these files in the SCRIBAL ARTS
section of the Florilegium:
quills-msg (18K) 11/17/95 Making quill pens. Pen knives.
inks-msg (46K) 5/ 3/01 Period and SCA inks for calligraphy.
iwandpc-msg (21K) 9/25/00 Ink wells and pencases.
It sounds like you're missing the 'spring' in your quill pen. That's a
thin metal strip bent into a flat S shape that's pushed into the quill
so one flat end rests behind the writing end of the quill. It's hard to
explain it without restoring to pictures.
If you have trouble finding a copy get back to me and we can probably
work something out. I have a copy buried away in some boxes so it might
take a while to find my copy.
john R. Latala
> Do most people in SCA write with quills? or do you ever 'cheat' and use a
> fountain pin or even marker to do Calligraphy? Just curious if it's
> something I'd like to attempt some day.
As for the runny ink - yes. Our local rabbi spent ages trying to find a
pen that would take the ink used for writing Torahs, so he could repair
damaged letters without sending it out, but most of the pens he tried,
the ink clogged the pen right away. He finally found a drafting pen
with a plain tube point which worked.
Contact me offline for a reference.
Jonathan Baker | Calendar curiosity: 10 Tevet can't fall on Shabat,
web page: <http://www.panix.com/~jjbaker>