How’s this for recycling?
This set of hoof pincers have been made from a pair of old files or rasps.
You can see the ridges of the files in the detailed image below.
They are probably late nineteenth or early twentieth century.
I think they show an ingenious use of materials & skill. New tools were probably expensive at the time, and old carbon steel was softer than modern stainless steel. This meant that rasps could wear out, but they could also be worked into a new shape and find a new use.
Farrier’s pincers, such as these, vary greatly in quality, the best were reputedly made by a travelling blacksmith in the UK, Jack Millet, known as Pincer Jack he travelled the UK from forge to forge making tools for the local smith.
Dimensions : 12¼" (31cm) long
Weight 660g (1lb 7½oz)
Ref : Misc151-pincers
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