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VMs: RE: John M. Manly's 1922 Harpers article...
This URL appears to demonstrate that bone and copper alloy pens
were in use during this time period as well, at least in England.
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> [mailto:owner-voynich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Greg
> Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 3:53 PM
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> Subject: VMs: Re: John M. Manly's 1922 Harpers article...
> On Tue, 9 Jul 2002, Nick Pelling wrote:
> > To answer my own question, plus a few others I didn't
> think of as well:-
> > To sharpen the quill, the writer needed a
> special knife
> > (origins of the term "pen-knife".) Beneath
> the writer's
> > high-top desk was a coal stove to cause the
> ink to dry
> > as fast as possible.
> I remember watching a program on TV in the UK some ten
> years ago in which
> the host (I forget who) demonstrated various techniques
> used in preparing
> mediaeval manuscripts. Among others he showd how to
> prepare vellum, use
> gold leaf and how to make quills. All I can remember is
> that the quill nib
> was hardened in hot sand (heated in a pot over a
> flame). An untreated
> quill is too soft and bends and buckles very easily - I
> tried making some
> at the time from goose feathers found in the park.
> There was also
> something (I forget its technical name now) which was a
> short cylinder
> with a groove which was placed in the tube just behind
> the nib to stop the
> ink running out too quickly. The same thing is visible
> in modern fountain
> pens if you take the nib assembly apart.
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