Even though as of yet I’m not quite equipped enough to work on books in my new home studio (I am (this) close!), I have been steadily making tools for bookbinding to take on the road with Jim Croft next month (more on that later). In particular I’ve been experimenting with riveting wooden handles on bone, and I think I’ve finally come up with something good.
I based the design and name off of some paring knives I’ve seen made by an obscure late 20th/early 21st century New York-based bookbinder, independent book conservator, and toolmaker.* The handle is hickory, with epoxy and brass rivets fixing it steadfastly to the tool stock (elk leg bone).
The sturdiness and flexibility of the bone, ergonomic handle and 13 degree bevel angle all make it ideal for various lifting and scraping operations. Already I’ve used it to scrape a sale sticker off a desk lamp! I anticipate a revolution in the bone tool business very soon…
*****Please read the disclaimer below before you find something more interesting to look at!*****
*DISCLAIMER: I make no claims to the design of this tool. It is more or less a direct model of Jeff Peachey’s (who is not particularly obscure in the book world) paring knives, which are the best on the market and worth every dime, incomparable in function and beauty. Though I was pleasantly surprised by this tool’s comfort and function, I primarily made the Beachey Folder and its companion blog post as an idle exercise in fun.