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- Subject: Steam knife
- From: Yehuda Miklaf <mfritz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 07:58:46 +0400
- Message-id: <199809010502.WAA11242@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.edu>
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In 1977 when I visited the conservation lab at Trinity College, Dublin,
I saw a tool which I believe they called a 'steam knife'. It was made
there, and consisted of a brass jacket containing a heated element that
super-heaedt steam that was fed into it and shot it out a small hole.
This produced a 'blade' of steam about an inch long that was very useful
for opening glued sections and pages.
Does anyone know if such a tool has ever been produced and marketed