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Band cutter
Stock managers use the band cutter to easily open film-sealed pallets. The plastic handle is quite thin (approx. 1 cm) and bends inwards at the end. The tip of the bent-in end is flat and pointed. The cutting part of the band cutter is a sturdy razor blade (approx. 2 by 4 cm) that is replaceable. It is securely clamped in the knife handle. The pointed tip of the band cutter is hooked behind the plastic foil, then the cutter is pulled in horizontal or vertical movement. This way plastic foils can be cut with ease. [MOT]
Awl (shoemaker)
This awl is used by leather workers to sew small holes in leather. It is a thin steel awl with a round or triangular cross section. It can be straight or curved. Some models have replaceable needles that can be stored in the handle. [MOT]
Bandage shears
With the bandage shears you can remove plaster or starch bandages. The shears have one blade with a blunt conical end, which is inserted under the bandage; in this way no injuries are caused. The bandage is cut lengthwise and can then be removed. There are light and heavier models (approx. 150-400 g), which can be operated with one or two hands, depending on the dressing to be removed. [MOT]
Battery clamp spreader
Before reinstalling the clamps on the poles of, for example, a car battery, it is desirable to first clean them with this battery clamp spreader, i.e. remove the trapped battery acid, and also widen them slightly to ensure that they reach far enough over the battery pole. [MOT]
Board cutter
The board cutter (1) is a hand tool for cutting softboard plates. The shape is reminiscent of a plane, but it is not one. In most models, a guide is provided in the center, in which a blade can be attached at an angle. A hollow space is provided for this purpose. The whole is fastened with lateral screws. Board was a popular building material in the 1950s and 1960s and consists of sheets of pressed fibres, used, among other things, as ceiling panels. With a board cutter one could cut plates to size and cut a bevel to obtain a V-shape between two connected plates. [MOT] (1) The proper name in English is yet unknown.
Blow pipe (glass blower)
The blow pipe of a glass blower is not to be confused with the blowing tube for a fireplace or the blow pipe (silversmith).
Blowing tube
This blowing tube to stir up the fire in a fireplace is not to be confused with the blow pipe (glass blower) or the blow pipe (silversmith).
Bench shear
Basket shave
For more technical information on the basket shave of a basket maker, you can visit the dutch version of this page. [MOT]
Briquette press
The briquette press is a pair of tongs to compress paper pulp into rectangular briquettes, which serve as fuel for the fire.Domestic models consist of a rectangular iron container, which is filled with cut paper and cardboard, which has been soaked in water. A matching iron grid is placed on it and pressed firmly by pressing a lever of two side brackets together. Once the briquette has been formed, it can be pushed out by hand from the bottom.According to the same principle, there are also presses to compress sawdust and wood chips, for example. [MOT]
Bottle-brush
Butter paddle
Picked from the churn, the extracted butter must be kneaded to work out the buttermilk. This kneading can be done by hand or with a butter paddle. This is a wooden hand tool with a flat, ribbed blade and a straight or T-shaped handle. [MOT]
Butcher knife
Larger pieces of meat are cut and shaped with a butcher knife. A butcher knife has a long (approx. 25-35 cm) and sturdy blade with a cut that is bent towards the end, ending in a sharp point. The wooden or plastic handle is shaped in such a way that the hand cannot slip when cutting. [MOT]
Cabbage grater
Large vegetable plane (approx. 1 m long and 30 cm wide) with which you can slice half coals into fine pieces for the preparation of sauerkraut. She has several planer knives that are oblique to the axis of a large wooden board. A wooden tray without a bottom in which the half cabbage is placed, slides over the slicer. [MOT]
Carpenter's adze, straight blade
The carpenter's adze with straight blade
Cake-server
Candy dropper
Cask-scrub
The cask-scrub is a brush used in a brewery to sand and wash the barrels on the inside. The working part is made of heather, baleen, etc. and attached to a wooden handle (approx. 100 cm). [MOT]
Carriage maker's router plane
The coachmaker uses a special router plane for planing straight, concave or convex edges, for example on doors, and for making laterally curved wooden frames. More technical information on this page in dutch. [MOT]
Carpenter's carving gouge
This gouge is to be distinguished from the gouge of the joiner, the wheelwright's gouge and the clog maker's gouge.
Can opener
Can openers can also be combined with a bottle opener, a corkscrew or a pocket knife. See also can pierce. [MOT]
Cake tongs
The baker or the customer takes pastries from the counter with a shovel or with cake tongs. Her jaws are 3-5 cm wide and sometimes open. The tongs close around the pastry when the arms are pressed shut. The arms are not crossed. [MOT]
Cask-washing-chain
Chain with square or S-shaped links that is shaken in a barrel to clean it. Often a weight is attached to one end and a wooden or iron toggle to the other. Sometimes the links can be covered with horsehair (1). [MOT] (1) Eg. fig. 30 in QUICKE: 67.
Caulking iron
Caulking mallet
Carved wooden cookie mould
Wooden board with one or more carved figures - such as a drunkard, jester, Saint Nicholas, etc. The dimensions vary from 10 to 75 cm. First, the mould is sprinkled with rice flour or brushed with oil and then the dough is firmly pressed into the mould, cut and beaten to be able to bake it in the oven. The result is a gingerbread cookie, called 'speculaas' in the low countries, or a brown, very chewy cake of rye flour and syrup. [MOT]
Cartwright's compass
The cartwright's compass is a six-sided wooden block with three iron points in each direction. It serves the wheelwright to mark the diameter of the wheel hub in order to use the lathe and core the hub. [MOT]
Chain hook
The chain hook is an approx. 80 cm long iron hook with a T or ring handle, with which heavy (anchor) chains can be transported on ships or in the harbor, for example during a check. When the vessel is stopped by a chain when launching a boat, the worker at the capstan catches that chain with the aid of two shorter chain hooks (1). [MOT] (1) FROST: 140.
Chamfering shave
Chicory knife
The chicory knife is used to cut the tops of the chicory in the field. It is a small (approx. 20 cm) and light (approx. 25 g) knife with a straight blade and smooth edge, which lies comfortably in the hand. The blade is often sharpened, making the edge somewhat hollow. The handle can be wood or plastic. [MOT]
Cheese trier
The cheese maker uses the cheese trier to drill a sample from a ball of cheese. It consists of an elongated, semi-cylindrical blade that is often narrower at the end and that is attached in a straight handle or has a ring as a handle. It can be distinguished from the apple corer. See also the grain sampler. [MOT]
Clinch cutter
Clinch cutter of a shoeing smith
Charring chisel
The charring chisel is a wide, metal stonemason’s chisel with straight, double cutting edge, the angle of which is between 10 ° and 40 °, depending on the hardness of the worked stone. The width of the cutting edge can range from about 3.5 to 18 cm. There are charring chisels with a wooden handle for softer types of stone.  For technical information on this page in dutch. [MOT]
Clinker tongs
Cheese slicer
Clog maker's axe
The axe of a clog maker.Description to be completed.
Clothes beater
In order not to wear out the clothes by daily brushing, the dust can be knocked out. This was done with a wicker clothes beater (1), comparable to the carpet beater, or a kind of whip with mostly leather straps, which also served to knock out cushions. See also the clothes brush. [MOT] (1) Translation of the dutch word 'kleerklopper'. The proper name in english is yet unknown.
Clinch groover
Clinch groover of a shoeing smith
Coffee mill
Roasted coffee beans can be finely ground with a coffee mill. It has grooved, cast iron grinding discs, which are set in motion by means of a rotating crank. The grinding mechanism of most coffee mills can be adjusted from coarse to fine with an adjusting screw. The coffee mill can have a square wooden housing with a rotating crank at the top and a drawer at the bottom where the ground coffee ends up (approx. 10-15 cm wide; approx. 20-26 cm high). The housing can also be cylindrical (approx. 8-10 cm in diameter; approx. 10-20 cm high) and made of metal. Another model is made of cast iron (approx. 12-27 cm wide; approx. 30-45 cm high) and is screwed to the edge of the table or counter. At the top there is a funnel where the coffee beans are placed; under the grinder there is a receptacle or a spout. In the latter case, a separate container must be placed underneath. The crank is located alongside. There is also a wall model. The painter uses a similar tool to grind pigments. [MOT]
Cooper's chamfering drawing knife
Chamfering drawing knife of a cooper
Cooper's round shave drawing knife
Round shave drawing knife
Cork puller
When a bottle is uncorked and the cork accidentally ends up in the bottle, it can easily be removed with a cork puller. It consists of three long, narrow metal wires that are bent at the end and with which the cork can be grasped and pulled out of the bottle. [MOT]
Corner-rounding plane (Japanese)
The Japanese corner-rounding plane (1). (1) ODATE: 118.
Crandall hammer
Hand tool of a stonecutter to hammer away the irregularities on a hard stone face. It is composed of a number of pointed irons, held together in a bracket with a locking wedge. The handle can be wood or metal. Since the irons are easily exchangeable, they can be individually sharpened or forged. This hand tool is no longer actively used. (1) See also the bush hammer. [MOT] (1) Due to the excessive dust formation, it would already be prohibited in the Netherlands in 1921. See JANSE 1997: 26.
Crow wheel
The crow wheel is a shoemaker's tool (approx. 12-14 cm) that consists of a small (approx. 1 cm diameter; a few millimeters wide) wheel with a motif that is fixed in a copper U-shaped bracket and a wooden handle. After it has warmed up, it is rolled over the center of the shoe sole to create a decorative line pattern there. [MOT]
Crown drill
Curd harp
Curd harp to stir the cheese curd to become dryer after it has been cut with the curd knife. For a desciption of this tool, see the dutch version of this tool page. [MOT]
Crow bar
The crow bar is a metal round or flat bar of approx. 25-105 cm, with a slightly curved split end, the claw, to pull out nails. The internal edges of the slit are usually chamfered for easier nail grasping. The bottom end of some large models is curved C-shaped to pull out longer nails. The other end of the crow bar is often forged flat to break open boxes. The Japanese crowbar (Japanese: kajiya) differs in shape from the western model. It has two right-angle claws. On the curved side there is a flat striking surface on which one can hit with the hammer. To remove nails, the upholsterer and shoemaker use a small crow bar, the pin lifter with wooden handle. The furrier uses a comb-shaped tool. The crow bar can be distinguished from the handspike and the pinch bar. See also crate axe.
Diamond cleaver
The cleaver splits the diamond crystal with this knife. It is made of steel and can be of different sizes and weights. It is rectangular in shape, approx. 3 by 10 cm, and weighs approx. 70 gr. The blade should not be sharp as it should split and not cut. Before splitting, a cut is made in the stone with a sharp diamond or laser. The notch must be V-shaped. Then the cleaver is placed against one of the sloping sides of the kerf. With the splitter hammer, an iron bar of 20 to 30 cm or a wooden hammer, you give a short blow to the cleaver to divide the stone into two pieces. The aim is to give the rough diamond a good shape, so that it can then be sawn and / or cut. [MOT]
Diamond mortar
Description in preparation.