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What is this tool (for) ?

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  1. jsm8b

    jsm8b Part of the furniture

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    Do any of our Nat Pres artisans know what this tool is or is for ?
    I'm 99.9% certain it isn't railwayana but someone may recognise it.

    I inherited it among my father's tools but it has been in the family for a long time I think.

    The 'blade' of about five inches has parallel slots of diminishing width along the length of and this movable brass stop or clamp, the edges are blunt about 1/16th inch thick and the point narrowed to maybe half that.

    It certainly isn't a knife or chisel though the narrowed point suggests it is inserted into something.
    I did wonder of it has something to do with upholstery.

    Grateful for any ideas.

    Scott



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    Ploughman Well-Known Member

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    Wire sizing gauge?
     
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    Those narrowing slots made me think of wire stripping.

    And the business end looks a big like a broad flat screwdriver.
     
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    It is a saw set. This type went out in about 1960. The turnscrew end was pretty common, but I've never seen one with the sliding guard still in place.
     
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    Bryan, Mike

    Thanks very much for the suggestions.
    I had wondered about a wire connection, but it didn't seem to be a gauge as there is no calibration along either side and I'd have thought just as easy to strip wire with a plier or knife blade.


    Ross

    Thanks very much for that, I've just looked at similar on the net, must see if I can find some film of one being used.
    I would imagine those guards are very easily lost in a workshop.

    That does make sense as I also have some wooden planes and other things that I believe came from an old carpenter friend of my parents as long ago as the 1960s.

    Thanks again.

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    Looks like a saw setting tool to me. I should imagine very few people sharpen and set saws these days because disposable saws are so cheap.
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    The more modern approach to setting is to use one of these
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