Hmm ... About (2925). Most arrows that I have seen have three
approximately equally spaced feathers (fletching), and this i obviously
designed to cut two grooves at 180 degree spacing.
So -- are you *sure* about this one?
Actually I'm not sure about this tool, the owner had said it was for arrows, and
had done some searching for similar arrow tools and insulation strippers but
no proof for either. The owner of it is a guy who has been collecting tools for
long time and currently sells tools for a living, so for now I'm going to go
his answer, next time I see him I'll ask where he got it and if he knows more
about it. Unfortunately he does not have email.
Yeah, Rob. The blades aren't the right shape for fletching, either.
This is definitely NOT for cutting slots for fletching. They aren't
usually slit, but gouged. Slits would promote cracking.
Rob, once upon a time, I've used a tool very much like that for stripping
heavy cables. I can't find any modern tools that look just like that,
On Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:04:36 -0500, "Lloyd E. Sponenburgh"
Its not an arrow fletcher. I have a number of fletchers going back
to the 40s.
Its a cable stripper OR a dowel slitter for cutting lines in dowells
to hold the glue before driving them in.
Had an uncle with the very same tool and as a kid I asked him about it
and thats what he told me. He was an electrician. I saw him use that
tool to strip jacketed multi conductor cable and make dowels
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Well, you guys make a good case, I just changed my answer to read:
"This is most likely for cutting the insulation on cable."
I won't see the owner of it again for a few months but will still ask him about
it when I do.
Wicker spread with the Roman Empire. It became very popular in the 19th
Century because it was more durable and sanitary than upholstered
furniture. It remained popular in the 20th Century. Before synthetics,
I suppose a craftsman would cut or buy willow of a certain diameter.
Could this have been a tool to split it?
I've found pictures of piles of willow rods, waiting to be sold to
craftsmen. Not all willow was split, but I believe it was all peeled by
pulling it through a brake. I've found only 3 brakes, all different.
If brakes are hard to find these days, a splitter might be impossible.
Splitting at a certain point was a way to make a 90º bend, as in a
wicker chair. An amateur might stick his knife through the rod and
twist. Somebody who bent hundreds of rods in a day would want a tool.
It probably wouldn't be necessary to cut all the way through a rod to
get it to bend. Hence the adjustable blades.
This would be similar to the use the owner gave, except that the purpose
would have been to make the rod flexible. A machine shop could have
sold these tools through the places that sold willow rods. When the
cottage chair-weaving industry disappeared, nobody would have known that
the tool was for.
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