Hand tool with a wide rectangular blade (6 to 10 cm) with a very sharp, straight cut and a firm handle. With the skiver, the leather is processed before it is cut to size. The leather worker places the blade almost horizontally on the leather when planing and pushes the skiver forward. In this way, it scrapes away unevenness on the surface of the leather and the leather becomes evenly smooth and shiny. To prevent the skiving knife from slipping, the part of the leather to be processed is dusted with flour. In this way, the edge of the tool grips well on the leather. The skiver is stored in a sturdy leather or cardboard cover.
The tool can be distinguished from the lace cutting knife. [MOT]