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Thread: 1872 Buttonhole Cutter (aka Grandma's little shank....)

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    1872 Buttonhole Cutter (aka Grandma's little shank....)

    Saw this in a listing and since i had not seen one with so much decoration, I went ahead and finally added one of these to the buttonhole cutter collection.

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    First of all she cleaned up REAL nice
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    The patent date is clear and crisp
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    and Boy Howdy!!!! when I opened it up I was surprised and how lethal looking this little beastie was...
    (my DD coined the phrase "Grandma's little shank")
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    The idea here is you move the slider to the number/size you want and then push the blade through the fabric until the little folded back portions hit the fabric.

    This thing is still razor sharp....

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    My wife said: "That is vicious little tool". I think she want's one like it .

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    I've never seen one like it. In fact, I didn't know until about 5 years ago why people were storing chisels in with their sewing supplies, lol.

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    Beautiful little thing in a deadly weapon sort of way.
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    Pretty darn cool if you ask me - lethal too! Maybe Hollywood can incorporate it into a murder mystery

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    OOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I want one........
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    OOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I want one........
    Could not have said it better!

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    This is the range of buttonhole cutters I have currently


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    Hyde Mfg - Domestic - Chisel with interchangeable blades,
    D.G. Chase Domestic - Sliding Blade,
    C.W. Benson - Domestic - Adjustable Buttonhole Scissors,
    D.G. Chase - Tailor/Seamstress - Adjustable buttonhole cutter (missing edge guide),
    Wiss and Sons - Professional - Adjustable buttonhole cutter with keyhole and without and edge guide.
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    Ohh!! I want Grandma's shank! LOL Can you imagine a Hollywood movie with a gangster grannie being the master mind of a billion dollar enterprise of sewers! Can you imagine that last scene that is the reveal then realizing that almost everyone with a sewing machine or basket could be a member.... Neat tool! I'll have to keep an eye out.

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    Ah! Perhaps the perfect murder weapon. Who would ever think to check Grandma's sewing cabinet or know what this is?

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    I did think of murder weapons too. Sweeney Todd's accessory cabinet perhaps

    Very cool original accessories Steve. Now you posted pictures I know what they look like and can keep an eye out for them (as can everyone else).
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    that's why I waited till I had mine... hehe JOKING...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    that's why I waited till I had mine... hehe JOKING...
    I'm still after one of those belt cutters.
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    Ooh, I want one too! By the way, welcome back!

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    You ladies are a murderous lot
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    The perfect weapon for a mystery to be solved by Angela Lansbury in the old series "Murder She Wrote" or in an Agatha Cristy type novel. Do you suppose this was the forerunner of box cutters?

    Quote Originally Posted by newbiequilter58 View Post
    Ah! Perhaps the perfect murder weapon. Who would ever think to check Grandma's sewing cabinet or know what this is?

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    That 's wicked cool. I have a little scissors like the one in the middle of your photo but it needs sharpening.

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