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Etherington & Roberts. Dictionary--spokeshave

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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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Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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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. (92 , 154 , 236 )


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