Q is for Quills. Which reminds us that not that long ago chickens were multi-purpose animals. Feathers were useful. I have diaries from the early 1900s that recount restuffing mattress ticking each year with feathers (if the farm had been prosperous) or with straw (if they were not). One year, the wife lost her wedding band in the process, and never did find it.
When I was a tween, ink pens with nibs were all the rage. But I’ve never written with a real quill pen. Have you?