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