In last week’s post, I introduced the C.S. Osborne & Co. Draw Gauge. It’s a beautiful antique and works well, but it has an exposed blade which makes it difficult to handle and store.
However, there is an improved version of this tool that is marketed through leather supply houses such as Tandy Leather. My version is about 25 years old and was made by The Leather Works Products Company. The tool body is hard maple with steel fittings.
It works well, and it’s a robust tool. I’ve broken a number of blades and replaced some of the hardware, but I’ve never been cut and the tool has never disintegrated. Unlike the antique draw gauge, the strap cutter blade is completely housed within the fence rails as shown below.
You can just make out the razor knife cutter in the center of the above picture. While the ergonomics could use some work and the design lacks Victorian flair, it cuts straps perfectly and safely. Perhaps one day I’ll make a new version that gives me the Steampunk warm fuzzy…