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Offline Dietle

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hand forged sprue cutter, Somerset County, PA
« on: February 22, 2021, 07:39:49 PM »
This antique hand forged sprue cutter is from one of the Lepley farms in Southampton Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and was found in a bucket of old longrifle parts and gunsmithing tools. This is my first attempt at posting a picture, so I'm hoping for the best.


Offline Kevin

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Re: hand forged sprue cutter, Somerset County, PA
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 08:21:32 PM »
Dietle,

Thanks for sharing both the photo and the information about where this turned up.  Not something you see everyday.

Kevin

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Re: hand forged sprue cutter, Somerset County, PA
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2021, 10:37:05 PM »
Iíve never seen a sprue cutter that didnít have arched jaws. It looks more like a wire cutter, or nail cutter for simple cut nails, or ticks.

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Offline Daniel Coats

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Re: hand forged sprue cutter, Somerset County, PA
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2021, 03:54:46 AM »
Could be hog ring pliers
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Re: hand forged sprue cutter, Somerset County, PA
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2021, 04:16:42 AM »
Dan, HH: Thanks for your comments. These don't have the recesses that the hog ring pliers I've seen have had. With the return spring and the hand-forged flare on the front of the front handle to be easy on the fingers, this is made for some highly repetitive task. The people I talked to concluded it was a sprue cutter, but that could certainly be wrong. There was also half of an ancient buckshot mold in the bucket, but that doesn't prove anything. Again, thanks for your comments.

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Re: hand forged sprue cutter, Somerset County, PA
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2021, 04:38:13 AM »
Looks like a saw set

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Re: hand forged sprue cutter, Somerset County, PA
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2021, 02:46:17 PM »
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