Help identifying strange "knife".

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Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by sakoblade » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:16 pm

Hey all!

I picked up this tool today and I haven't got a clue to what it was used for?

At first I thought it was for cleaning horses hoofs but wifey says it isn't. It has an edge but is somewhat dull and I suspect it is not meant to be really sharp but might be wrong here.

No markings and it is about 5 1/2 inches long with a full tang and wooden "scales".

Any help is apreciated!

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by Mumbleypeg » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:27 pm

Looks like a knife for cutting vinyl "linoleum" flooring material.

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by sakoblade » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:23 pm

Ken, thanks for your input! :)

That might be it but when I googled "vintage linoleum knife" all I could find was knives with larger blades with a much more sharp edge?

Another guess is leather work but I need to investigate more.

Thus is one of the fun things about collecting! Interacting, investigating and learning new things!!

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by Colonel26 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:37 pm

Definitely not any kind of ferrier tool that I've used or seen used in the past. But it looks like it sure would be useful for anything requiring a pull cut.

Could it be a leather knife? I seem to recall similar types of knives used by saddle and harness makers.
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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by jerryd6818 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:26 pm

My guess as to it's purpose would be harvesting fruit. Grapes was my first thought but harvesting what, I don't know.

Edit: a little digging brought up the possibility of harvesting root vegitables. ::shrug::
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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by 1fartsmella » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:57 am

Looks like the wire cutter blade of a champagne pattern knife. Used to cut the wire holding the cork of a champagne bottle. Slide the tip under the wire and pull the handle away from the bottle. I've seen these on the T handle of a cork screw. That's my guess.
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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by sakoblade » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:10 am

Thanks guys!!

All you input seems logical and true so let´s call it a Champoloneum Pruner! Or not! :wink: :mrgreen:

I´ll see if I can find some info on it over here in Sweden.

Meanwhile, I wish you all the best of Thursdays!

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by Miller Bro's » Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:50 pm

It's a Champagne wire and foil cutter.

Has nothing to do with linoleum or pruning.
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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by cody6268 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:00 pm

A hoofpick would be unsharpened, and blunt on the end. The inside or "frog" of a horse's foot is incredibly sensitive.

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by smiling-knife » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:58 pm

I agree, it is a champagne knife for cutting the wire securing the cork.
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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by sakoblade » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:24 pm

Great!

So it´s settled then!

A Champagne wire cutter it is!

Suits me fine since I like such adult beverages. 8)

And with a background in the restaurant business, I like items related to my career.

Thanks for all replies!! :)

Cheers!

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by MUD » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:50 am

I think 'champololeum pruner' would be more useful, especially around here.
You may have come up with the next great thing in multitools.

'Not only can you get drunk while laying new linoleum in your kitchen, you can use it for harvesting and pruning practically any and all fruits,nuts, and vegetables!!!
The uses are endless!!'
Buy one today!!! Or two, they're small!!

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by mrwatch » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:58 pm

it may be a linoleum cutter for artists wood block art prints. They teach it here at the Oxbow summer school of art.

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Re: Help identifying strange "knife".

Post by americanedgetech » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:03 pm

It is a cobblers knife for rough fitting the new sole to a shoe. The long handle, and short blade allow leverage for cutting leather up to 3/8" thick
Once the sole is glued on, that knife is used to trace cut the new sole to the form base.
After it is trimmed it is stitched, and finally finish ground, and polished.

I spent a lot of my youth (5-9 years old) hanging in the cobblers shop across the street from Yonkers Raceway. It beat the heck out of school, and I was the ONLY 6 year old with steel heel taps on my Buster Browns, and money in my pocket. ::tu::

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I found an older example, and a new example. Both Cobblers knives...
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