In which I put a possibly crazy idea I've had for a while into action. You should go over to Austen Authors to read the initial post, then come back here for the videos and supplemental materials below.
VideosI did a short series of video blog-ish things through the course of the day:
Pen testsThe next day I took a look at the first page of the chapter I'd written with the original quill pen, and decided to do some tests with the other quill pen and other options I had, to see how they compared. Because, you know, my thumb didn't already have enough needles of pain in it.
Original chapter, from the original quill pen.
With the Colonial Williamsburg pen.
With a souvenir dip pen. I much preferred this to the quill, but metal-tipped nibs weren't commercially produced until 1822.
With a ballpoint pen. I've never been a fan.
Pentel EnerGel 0.7 mm. The most comfortable.
Pentel EnerGel 0.5 mm. A little more efficient than the 0.7, but surprisingly not the MOST efficient, which was...
Historic dip pen that came with my writing slope. It got the most text on the page, but at the expense of spattering tiny little drops everywhere, and looking like it was written by a mouse!
The two chapters I wrote through/wrote: