59099Re: How did people hold their pens?
- Jul 8, 2012The secondary tool is often a knife; it's used for holding down the parchment while writing, or scraping away an error before it has the chance to set, I think; could also be used for sharpening a quill pen.
Some assorted examples:
(A few more good examples at the Morgan Library, but their Corsair system seems to have problems this weekend.)
I think the "Tournaments Illuminated" article was Sir Ranthulfr Asparlundr's piece a few years back; you can see a photo of him working with a pen and knife at http://www.randyasplund.com/imgs/histbufimg/Scribeshop.jpg
Here's an article about the process he used to create a T.I. cover:
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