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04-29-2018 11:05 AM

A tools dealer friend asked me what this was for. He bought it because it was obviously different, now we both want to know. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 04-29-2018 11:46 AM

Just a complete guess, for making leather strips, adjustable for different sizes

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#2 posted 04-29-2018 11:48 AM

Looks midevil

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#3 posted 04-29-2018 12:56 PM

Very odd. Since the fence adjusts the space between the cutter and the fence, it does seem likely its for cutting strips of something. Leather seems reasonable.

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#4 posted 04-29-2018 01:09 PM

Shaving ice blocks down so they’d fit in the ol’ ice box?

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#5 posted 04-29-2018 03:22 PM

I agree it must be for thinning something…
But why should the fence be so long on the output side, if it were for leather?
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#6 posted 04-29-2018 04:40 PM

Some magazines have a mystery tool page. You could send them the question and pictures. You might win a prize.
I think Popular Mechanics is one that has this.

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#7 posted 04-29-2018 05:25 PM

Maybe used to trim tool drive belts, you know in turn of the century factories where everything was belt driven.

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#8 posted 04-29-2018 05:58 PM

I bet someone in mwtca would know.

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#9 posted 04-29-2018 06:24 PM

I would guess it’s for splitting green wood by the size of the blade and the brass wear tabs on the front and back. Maybe for sizing strips for seat weaving.

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#10 posted 04-29-2018 06:34 PM

Harness maker’s plane?

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#11 posted 04-29-2018 06:36 PM

I’m inclined to agree with Jeff on sizing strips uniformly.

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#12 posted 04-29-2018 07:14 PM

It seems to me the thick blade might cause
problems with some materials, though it could
be used for removing an irregular edge on
something that already had a one straight

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#13 posted 04-29-2018 07:43 PM

Not like any leather tool I have seen. Antique leather string/strip cutters are typically a draw knife with fence, or cast iron bench mounted T post with knives that you pull pelt of leather across?

Have no idea what it is, but some observations leave me befuddled as set up and adjustments seem strange for working wood?
- Why is mid range fence adjustment appear against the blade? To use full range of bottom fence screw slots, the blade has to change position?
- Angular mounting of blade to body, and then angle is missing on bottom view, means odd curved shape to blade. Coupled with length of cutting edge, that blade curvature forces cut portion to move large distance, hence would have to be cutting something very soft. Can not imagine that it would be easy to push across wood?
- Cane/Bamboo slitting is commonly done while wet. Hard to think a wood body hand tool would last very long cutting wet stuff?

+1 for MWTCA

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#14 posted 04-29-2018 11:44 PM

just a stab in the dark but maybe trimming the book block in bookbinding.

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#15 posted 04-30-2018 01:22 PM

Could be a plane for making wood veneer strips.

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