Cutting Quills, Cradle Cut: The first cut in making a quill pen is called the cradle cut, and is followed by the two shoulder cuts on the sides, which form the shape of the tip. Next, a slit is made in the center of the tip, 1.5 times the width of the tip. If the quill is a large one, the end may need to be flattened by scraping gently with the top of the quill pressed against the cutting surface and the blade almost horizontal. Finally, the edges of the tip are slightly beveled to create a sharp writing surface.