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498 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question spokeshave leather working

I got this tool with a tool chest I bought, and didn’t pay much attention to it, having higher priorities. I just assumed it was a spokeshave, apparently like a lot of other people do with these things. While doing other research, I saw some hints that it might be a leather working tool instead, maybe a heel shave. Is that right? If so, I haven’t had any luck finding any good links for more information. The part that looks beveled isn’t really a blade, but it is adjustable a little, and there are four set screws apparently to hold a blade. It’s missing the blade, but if I saw pictures of how it was supposed to work I may be able to fashion one or get a replacement. Does it have any use for wood working? I can’t find any markings of course. Thank you for looking.


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#1 posted 496 days ago

Can’t believe I stumped you guys. People put all kinds of wacky stuff on here and you guys ID it in seconds flat. :)

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#2 posted 496 days ago

The only obvious thing I can think of to contribute, is that whatever it is it appears to be used with the curve down. (based on how the existing leather handle is wrapped and the screw location. That would cause it the carve a indent of some kind, if it is a wood working tool. I can’t quite see how the blade mounts?? close up of this detail.

Also.. your photos are good but there is nothing to show scale… maybe something to show how big it is??

“Can’t believe I stumped you guys. People put all kinds of wacky stuff on here and you guys ID it in seconds flat. :)”

As far as this… it is friday. Just wait for the LJ’s to get there happy hour on and I’m sure the problem will get solved:)

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#3 posted 496 days ago

If I guessed again I would say concave spokeshave… here is a modern one.

The little screw would hold the upright part (missing on yours) and that holds blade. sorry bout the tiny pic

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#4 posted 496 days ago

and here is where to get parts

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#5 posted 496 days ago

I actually have a cheap version of this…..maybe. It is a skiving knife (mine). I only have one handle with the blade in the end. It looks a lot like a razor blade in a holder. It is used to think leather. I used to do more of that but it seems to be out of “style” right now. It is a fun thing for the winter when it is cold in the shop. I vote with you that is is a skiving knife. Look at Tandy and see if they have something similiar. Good find.

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#6 posted 496 days ago

So I went to take pictures and tried brushing the rust a bit with a brass detail brush and found some markings. Just barely enough, but I could make out S. Packard Pat. Feb 1/70 with a 5 on each side of that. The 5 is apparently the model because some with 3’s were a little different. I can’t find any pictures of a complete number 5 with a blade unfortunately. I did find a couple links, including one that identified it as a shoe shave and linked to the patent drawings. Not enough to really tell how the blade should look though. It’s for shaving the leather around a shoe. I also found an ebay link to a number 3 with the same patent date, but it looks different.

Without some major luck I’m not sure I’m going to be able to find a blade for this or how the blade should look, but given what it’s for, it’s low on the priority list. It is old and cool though. And you’re right Grandpa, it looks pretty close in function to this skiver on Tandy's. The only difference really, is that this type of shoe shave has an adjustable throat and blade depth like an adjustable spokeshave.

And thanks Joey, I should have included a scale. It’s about 9.5 inches in length.

Here’s the patent markings. You see it almost better in the picture than you can see when looking directly at it.

And here’s a close up top view.

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