The Joy of Sacks

Just because I am not binding books these days doesn’t mean I don’t shop for bookbinding. In the book “Going Postal” by Terry Pratchett, there is a guy named Stanley an extreme nerd who collects pins. In one scene he opens a sack of pins he bought earlier. The paragraph goes like this:

He was putting off the moment of opening it to savour it all the more. Of course, it’d almost certainly turn out to be full of everyday brassers, with maybe the occasional flathead or line flaw, but the thing was, you never knew. That was the joy of sacks. You never knew. Non-collectors were woefully unconcerned about pins, treating them as if they were no more than thin pointy bits of metal for sticking things to other things. Many a wonderful pin of great worth had been found in a sack of brassers.

I bought something like a sack of tools on ebay, well, in my case it was a box, but nevertheless I experienced this joy of sacks this afternoon. What I received today was a surprising variety of tools and – err – things:
New Old ToolsOn the left with the wooden handles are six tools which I assume are for leather carving. Anyone here knows something more about that? Maybe they are for something completely else? Here is a more detailed view:

New Old Tools

Some type is wrapped in that piece of scrap paper there. The following picture shows all there is:

New Old ToolsThere are some needles for the sewing frame, some leather decoration tools for embossing (I think they are called something like single-action-tools, but I am not sure about the leather decoration terminology.), there are two paper drills which even still seem to be sharp, but I will have to try them out on paper before I can be sure that they are still good. And there is a bookbinding needle, two buttons, a steel plate and something like a handle. Quite a good outcome for my money, I think, and a really interesting collection.

New old Tools

9 replies on “The Joy of Sacks”

  1. That sounds delightful! As of this moment, the full range of photos seem to be missing, but it allows the imagination to explore your treasures even more, in a way. I love the quote! Others just don’t understand, do they.

  2. Ok. . . never mind . . . the pics just returned. I think anyone who wants their technology to work should just keep me away . . . Could they also be perhaps some kind of finishing tools (?). Are they sharp? It’s really not my area (leather nor finishing). Just a thought.

    1. Hi Ellen,

      sorry for the difficulties with the pictures. They were indeed missing for some time today. I made the mistake of editing them on Flickr while the blog post was already live. So that gave viewers a “this picture is currently unavailable” message. – So there’s nothing wrong with you here 😉

      Of the tools some are sharp. There are some that look like miniature spatulas, those are without an edge, then there are two with an edge that feels like it is supposed to be sharp, and then there is the pin. How would one use them as finishing tools?

  3. That is so much fun! Great quote too!! I am assuming those little tools in the second picture are indeed for working leather but I am also not 100% sure

    1. I never tried leather carving, so I am only guessing. But I assumed that some of them are maybe for cutting the leather, and those that look like mini spatulas might be for pressing the leather down on one side of the gap. I guess I’ll have to try whether it works that way. If it does, they are leather carving tools even if they might have been designed to be something else.

    1. Ah, so heißt das auf Deutsch. Vielen Dank für die Vokabelhilfe und den Link. Dann werde ich demnächst wohl mal die Lederschnitt Technik lernen müssen. Nach dem Büchlein, das ich von Lady Artisan im letzten BEST-Swap bekommen habe, reizt mich die Technik sowieso.

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