The largest feathers taken from the wings of geese, swans, crowa, and other birds. The different qualities are denominated according to the order in which they are fixed in the wing; the second and third quills being the best for writing, as they have the largest and roundest barrels. Crow-quills are chiefly used for drawing. The goose-quills are those in general use for writing. These are cleansed and hardened by placing them one by one in a clear fire, so as to soften them merely, and then drawn under an iron edge, which nearly flattens them for the instant, but they immediately after return to their cylindrical figure.