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Title: Nib cutter
Item Name: House and Home


Pen machine or nib-cutter made of bone or bakelite with metal attachments. It works like a cigar cutter, using paired blades in a 'v' shape which are pressed down onto the end of an inserted quill against a nib shaped template. The point of the quill would be slit using a pen-knife blade and the point trimmed with a cutter adjacent to the nib shaping slot. This design was patented in the early 19th century by Joseph Bramah of Sheffield, specifically for people who found it difficult to shape a quill with a pen-knife.

Materials: bone; plastic; silver(?)
Measurements: L:9cm; W:1.5cm
ID_Number: ERYMS (BAG) : 1998.200