- Period of Use: Around 6th Century AD to Early 1800s AD
- Made Obsolete By: Ink Pens
It was found a long time ago that feathers from large birds could be converted into quills that could write on paper, as long as you had the ink to dip them in. This was one of the first ways we began to write on paper or parchment. We also saw it used in some form on papyrus, but to a lesser extent toward the end of its normal use. These quill pens would be incredibly useful and worked out well.
A properly prepared quill could be an excellent writing utensil, and the calligraphy still created with them can be impressive art these days. However, as time went on, quills became a little bit useless. Especially if you had one without any ink. Plus ink could easily fall off the table, tump over, you name it. That led to the invention of the first ink pen came about in the 1800s, removing the need for a quill pen with separate ink. Things evolved from there and by the 1900s, no one was using a quill.