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    Can anyone identify this little tool?

    My brother-in-law picked it up from the re-sell store at his local tip. The only use I have been able to come up with is a cutter for the plastic pipes that are put over copper hot water pipes.

    The cylinder rotates on its spindle and the "fence" is moveable to cut different lengths. The handle seems to be used with a rocking (up and down ) motion while there is a sharpened knife edge on the cutting side.

    I do not have measurements apart from my estimate that the handle end to cutter end is approx 10 inches (250mm)

    Photos are not the best - hopefully someone can provide a name and purpose of the tool.





    PeterW

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    It looks too old for cutting plastic insulation. May be for truing up the end of lead pipe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    It looks too old for cutting plastic insulation. May be for truing up the end of lead pipe?
    Or maybe for cutting short nipples of lead pipe?

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    Yep, too old for use on plastic. Actually, it is a surgical tool. It's used to make sure the ends of the circumference cut meet neatly when performing a circumcision. It wouldn't do if the cut didn't meet when the knife came all the way around, now, would it?

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    Default Re: Tool ID

    Somebody just has to say this:
    Obviously a gronicle trimmer....

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    Quote Originally Posted by phiil View Post
    Somebody just has to say this:
    Obviously a gronicle trimmer....

    Absolutely not! This tool is clearly far too crude for the micro precision needed to properly trim a gronicle. At all costs, keep this thing as far away from any and all gronicles, it can only do irreversible damage.
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    Apart from the knife distance, what other adjustments can be made? What section of material does the feed clamp have?

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    I think it is an antique leather belt or strap maker. I think this pic confirms it:



    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthoped...belt-511701550
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    Thanks Grant - I think you've nailed it. I am hoping to have the tool here tomorrow so will post a few more pics then.
    PeterW

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    that type of cutter I see referred to as a "plough gauge" for leather working. It's pushed across the piece to make straps, still made, preferred type by some, and not cheap
    https://brucejohnsonleather.com/leat...d-draw-gauges/
    https://www.rmleathersupply.com/coll...plough-w-blade

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