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Forum topic by JohnPM posted 02-25-2017 02:08 PM 678 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JohnPM

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02-25-2017 02:08 PM

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I hit a couple of garage sale this morning looking for clamps. (Did not find any that looked worthwhile) Instead I came home with this. Any thoughts on what it is and why it only has one handle?

The stamped information says “W Greaves & Sons, Sheaf works” Which google tells me, was a company in Sheffield mostly known for making shaving razors but also made other bladed items. Then over a bit is “Electro boracic steel”. No tool numbers that I can see, on the back “JTS” is stamped but that may have been an owners mark.

It has a nice wooden handle on the left side, a pretty sharp curved blade in the center and quite sturdy round steel on the right side which seems to make a fine grip. I’m thinking it was used to carve a depression in wood?


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#1 posted 02-25-2017 02:17 PM

Looks like a type of scorp. Generally used on seat depressions in chairs.

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 02:30 PM

Looks like a scorp made out of something else. What does the writing say?

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#3 posted 02-25-2017 05:46 PM

I think you are right about it being a scorp of some kind. Thanks, I think this puts me on the right track.

The stamped information says “W Greaves & Sons, Sheaf works” then over a bit is “Electro boracic steel”. No tool numbers that I can see, on the back “JTS” is stamped but that may have been an owners mark.

Google tells me Greaves & Sons were a cutlery and other bladed items at Sheaf works in Sheffield England from 1823 till 1850. Later owners of the name are mostly known for making shaving razors but the original company also made other bladed items.

Any thoughts on how to use it or why it has one wooden handle and one long “bar” handle?

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#4 posted 02-25-2017 07:36 PM

Long “bar” may have a wood handle with a feral.
Typically, they have both sides with handles 90deg from cutting edge.
May have been made for a specific task, might check with Shipwright here on LJs I think he actually has experience in building ships/boats.

slim

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#5 posted 02-25-2017 09:09 PM

google “coopers froe”

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 03:28 PM

Good stuff! I have enjoyed reading a bit about cooper’s tools and methods. I also found a couple of similar tools under the name coopers hollowing knife. Thanks for all the help.

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