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Etherington & Roberts. Dictionary--spokeshave

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Here is more information on the spokeshave as it applies to binding.
Dorothy's definition was excellent. I will also admit that originally I
fell into category 2, but discovered that it is much easier and faster
to get a nice even gentle bevel than using a Scharfix. Edge paring is
imperative in my opinion to reduce the chance of tears using a
spokeshave or Scharfix. I also use a French paring knife I picked up in
Ascone and love dearly. Ultimately, one uses the right tool for the job
and it doesn't hurt to have all of them.



Der Buchbinder als Architekt des Buches baut eine
Fassade seiner Zeit. Edwin Redslob

Peter Verheyen, Conservation Librarian
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

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<a href="../fg/fg48.gif"><i>See
illustration</i><p></a> A wheelwright's drawing
knife used for shaping and finishing spokes, and
used by bookbinders for paring leather and
beveling boards. It has an adjustable blade which
may be flat or curved. The tool is modified for
paring by widening the gap between the blade and
the guard to prevent clogging. In addition to
this, the bottom of the blade is generally ground
at a shallower angle, because a steep angle would
result in too much of a scraping action. Because
it is safer (in that there is little or no
possibility of cutting completely through the
leather), as well as faster, the spokeshave has
largely replaced the paring knife. (<a
href="../fn/fn92.html">92</a> , <a
href="../fn/fn154.html">154</a> , <a
href="../fn/fn236.html">236</a> )
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