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The Felsted Skiver

A new razor blade paring machine for the bookbinder

The Felsted Skiver

The Felsted Skiver is a machine for paring leather in bookbinding. It uses standard double-edged razor blades and can be precisely adjusted for paring thickness and for shallow angles so that an even thickness or a taper can be pared. A detailed description of its use and maintenance can be read in the handbook and there are several videos available on Vimeo demonstrating it in use:

 

The Felsted Skiver comes complete with a storage box and toolkit, including a magnetic stylus (there is an area in the foam, upper right, left free for you to cut your own shape for such items as razor blades):

boxed skiver

Buy a Felsted Skiver

The Felsted Skiver is currently sold out but a new batch is being made and will be ready by the end of June 2017. Raw materials are increasing in price in the UK so I may need to raise the price of the machines in the forthcoming batch, however if you would like one from the new batch a payment now will guarantee you a machine at the original price.

Buy using Paypal or credit/debit card. Select the region you live in and tell me where to send it:

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The Magnipulator

The Magnipulator stylus for safer hadling or razor blades

Handling razor blades is always a delicate business. To make the bookbinder's life a little safer in this regard I've developed a magnetic stylus that is included with the Felsted Skiver but also available separately. It has a small magnet at one end that can pick up individual blades from a work surface and a stronger magnet at the other end for when a blade is reluctant to leave its packaging. Price is £10 including postage in the UK or £12.50 including postage elsewhere in the world. A Magnipulator is included in the toolkit of the Felsted Skiver so you do not need to purchase it separately if you are buying a Skiver.

Buy a Magnipulator magnetic stylus:

Buy using Paypal or credit/debit card. Select the region you live in and tell me where to send it:

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Razor blades for paring leather

I have evaluated a number of brands of razor blade for use in leather paring. The results are not just valid for the Felsted Skiver - if you have a machine already you could find it useful to read/download the report (PDF format)

recommended razor blade brands