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James Alford02/12/2018 11:06:36
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Can anybody identify this tool? It came in a box of old tools given to me recently. The button on top is part of a spring loaded plunger. There is a blade which travels to the end when the button is pressed. The blade travels in two slots to keep it steady. There is no evidence that as ever been hit with a hammer. It is well made, but there are no manufacturers' marks on it.




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roy entwistle02/12/2018 11:07:51
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A photo would help cheeky

James Alford02/12/2018 11:21:15
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Posted by roy entwistle on 02/12/2018 11:07:51:

A photo would help cheeky

I was posting from my phone and could not work out how to add the pictures............ Reverted to the laptop.

Ian Parkin02/12/2018 11:26:28
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looks like a leather cutter you place the shoe on the work press with your palm on the knob and the blade comes down and just goes under the material and cuts as you glide the tool along your cutting line..

does that seem plausible as i’ve Not seen the blade

3404602/12/2018 11:26:34
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A photo with the knob depressed showing the blade would be helpful.



Mick B102/12/2018 11:31:30
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Looks like some sort of a grooving tool to me - the blade looks a couple of mm wide and seems if it cuts square to the width?

James Alford02/12/2018 11:33:21
349 forum posts
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Edited By James Alford on 02/12/2018 11:33:35

James Alford02/12/2018 11:34:35
349 forum posts
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"A photo with the knob depressed showing the blade would be helpful.



The third image down shows the plunger fully depressed. The blade is flush with the bottom of the tool and does not protrude. James.

Edited By James Alford on 02/12/2018 11:37:38

Roderick Jenkins02/12/2018 12:03:43
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It looks a bit like a driver for holding a slot head screw. Is the "blade" slightly offset to provide a wedging action?


James Alford02/12/2018 12:18:18
349 forum posts
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No. The blade, assuming that it is a blade, is central to the tool and is in one piece.

3404602/12/2018 14:00:30
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Asked the lady of the household who is well into haberdashery things

She wonders if it may be an early version of a drapers punch which is used for cutting and terminating wire.

Just a thought


Martin Connelly02/12/2018 14:33:31
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Button remover.

Martin C

MichaelR02/12/2018 19:00:33
336 forum posts
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Could be a home made Punch Down Tool for phone/ethernet wiring Mike.

James Alford02/12/2018 21:11:43
349 forum posts
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Thank you for the suggestions. If I see the person who gave it to me again, I shall ask her whether she has any idea what it is. I believe that the tools were her husband's who has, I think, died. Knowing what he did for a living might give a clue.


Bodger Brian03/12/2018 08:04:14
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A few years ago, I visited Waterperry Gardens, where there is a small museum of rural items. In a cabinet there was a mystery item that was thought to be a tool used in the process of grafting plants. Although that one had a trigger mechanism, rather than a plunger, and was made of brass, I wonder if this is a variation on a theme.



Samsaranda03/12/2018 10:09:24
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Wife spent her working life as a tailoress and her opinion is that it could well be for removing buttons although she has never come across one, not to say that they don’t exist.

Dave W

John Reese04/12/2018 02:13:04
768 forum posts

I would bet (a small amount) that it is a leather working tool for cutting a groove in leather shoe soles where the stitching goes.

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