Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Quill, a term applied (1) to the hollow cylinder at the base of the shaft of a feather: and (2) to any of the larger wing feathers. Those of the goose, turkey, and swan were formerly the only material of writing-pens in the West, though the manufacture of quill pens has lost its importance since the introduction of steel pens. Pens made from crow quills are still used for drawing, and the name is given to a fine stool pen.

“God is a skilful physician. He knows what is best. God observes the several tempers of men, and knows what will work most effectually. Some are of a more sweet disposition, and are drawn by mercy: others are more rugged and knotty pieces: these God deals with in a more forcible way. Some things are kept in sugar, some in brine. God doth not deal alike with all, he hath trials for the strong, and cordials for the weak.”
–Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial