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Shoe knife

‘When you edge a car­pet, the ma­te­rial is folded around the edges and stitched to­gether,’ says Rory Mac­math. ‘You then have to trim off the ex­cess to get a de­fined edge. This old shoe knife, which has been whit­tled down from a longer, rec­tan­gu­lar blade, is ideal for just that. You can get a re­ally pre­cise, clean edge. It’s the fore­run­ner of the Stan­ley knife and a very handy tool. I’ve had this for prob­a­bly 40 years.’

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