A new tool. After trying the local engineering, scrapbooking, hand tools, hardware and gasket making shops I drew a blank. There was a place in India that would supply in 4 figure numbers but I only required one. Martin found an old piece of mild steel pipe (from under the bench!) that was welded and from that he fashioned this, turning inside and out on the lathe, and hack-sawing through some solid round for the strike end plate. This was welded on to the pipe and turned again. There are 4 small holes in this plate to aid removal of the the paper from the tube once it has been cut. Then to the case hardening company where they tempered it as best they could - mild steel can only be changed so much before it becomes really too brittle. All for a charge of course. So now I have a tool that will punch holes in paper, card, and leather. I intend using it to cut decorated paper rounds which I will emboss with my initial and use to seal down the flap on envelopes.
Minding my maps
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