Restoring Old Star Tobacco Plug Cutter

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BROBS

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Just another piece of old tobacco paraphernalia to clutter up my home office... I thought it looked cool and the price was right.

Might have to fabricate a new cutting blade. The old one is worn down and there’s a gap in the middle. Not enough height to grind a new edge.
Look at industrial print cutting blades they look just like that but longer usually.

ok technical term “industrial guillotine cutter blade”
 

peteguy

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Restore? I have been watching to many Facebook videos. They take a rusted piece of junk and make it look almost as good as yours. Sweet cutter, thx for posting.
 
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mso489

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Wow, I'm trying to think of where that would be used on a daily basis, to justify it's industrial heft. Maybe in a blender's workshop or at a big tobacco retailer. The average smoker is just dealing with one plug at a time, and a sharp knife will do to hew off slices to rub out. There's a back story to this that would be good to hear.
 
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craig61a

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Restore? I have been watching to many Facebook videos. They take a rusted piece of junk and make it look almost as good as yours. Sweet cutter, thx for posting.

Thanks.

I found this on eBay for $60. And it turned out the seller was just 40 miles away. It had some surface rust in spots, and most of the original paint was worn off, but it didn’t appear to be in bad shape, which it wasn’t.

I’ll try cutting some plugs with it. I don’t think it will be a precision cutter, bought it mainly for display.

Now I’d really like to find an old scale, with pan and weights that slide on a beam.
 

craig61a

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Wow, I'm trying to think of where that would be used on a daily basis, to justify it's industrial heft. Maybe in a blender's workshop or at a big tobacco retailer. The average smoker is just dealing with one plug at a time, and a sharp knife will do to hew off slices to rub out. There's a back story to this that would be good to hear.

These were used in a general store setting, or so I’ve read.

There were plenty of stores around when I was a child that had a candy counter and usually tobacco nearby where you’d tell them to get you so much of this or that, and they’d weight it out for you. The odors of candy, popcorn, Carmel corn, and Aromatic tobaccos wafting through the air. I still have the smell burned into the back of my brain.
 

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