These are stiff and sharp quills blunt cut on one end and a sharp point on the other end, with a hole drilled in the blunt end. These African porcupines have quills that are smooth along the sides and only sharp on the tip. The last bit of tip can be easily snipped off with a scissors for those so inclined and can yield a quill that looks essentially the same but not nearly as sharp, which can be useful if the quill is to be used for costume work. Photos are stock photos, you may not receive these exact quills but ones very similar. A variety of lengths within 2 to 6 inches long and 2 to 6mm thick will be sent, or leave a message for the store if you have a special request and I will do my best to comply according to stock on hand. Photos are stock photos showing typical quills. Foreign customers, my apologies but US export law does not allow me to ship wild animal products out of country.