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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Why did the quill take the place of the reed pen?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They were concurrent.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Being skilled at making reed pens was important for early scribes due to low durability of the pen. Reed pens are stiffer than quill pens cut from feathers and do not retain a sharp point for as long. This led to them being replaced by quills.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Where it did it did because feathers from large birds were far easier to come by than bamboo. If I live in England, for example, it's much easier for me to get a large goose feather than a reed of bamboo because geese are indigenous to England but bamboo isn't. I could get a goose feather anywhere for nothing, but to get the bamboo needed for a reed pen, I couldn't because the bamboo I'd need would have to be shipped from the tropics.

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