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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:34 am 
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Today I found a silicon carbide 125 knife sharpener. It is 14 " long and has a red/black wood handle and has engraved on the stone "No.57 Carborundum brand".
It was distributed by Struebing & Buchheit, Inc in Buffalo, NY. It looks as though it was distrubuted long ago as the companies phone number is DEL 8908. Phone numbers haven't looked like that in many years. This is in the original box and both box and sharpener are virtually unused. Can anyone give me any info on this? We are wondering about age and value. (see attached picture)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:36 am 
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Phone numbers haven't looked like that since the early 60's.

Does the company address have a zip code listed on the box? If so, it's after 1964.

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=No.57+Carborundum+brand

Appears to be a file for sharpening, scythes and such and that number and pattern has been used by several companies.

S&B is still in business as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:56 pm 
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We used to have one similar to that when I was a youngster (about 45 years ago). Dad called it a "scythe hone" and I used it to sharpen up the old scythe, sickle, and brush hook when trying to gain the upper hand on the blackberry bushes that grow wild and uncontrollable around here. We tried most everything to get them under control and I had many scars on my forarms from them. Goats worked pretty good, but they killed everything else as well. We finally tried pigs, and they did the job great. Rooted up everything but Alder trees 4 inches in diameter. :lol: Anyway, that's what I believe that stone was made for...curved bladed tools.


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Info for you guys who knew anything about this sharpener. No Zip Code on the address in the box. So definately before 1964. Thanks for the info.


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Gunstock Jack wrote:
Anyway, that's what I believe that stone was made for...curved bladed tools.


I would agree with Jack, that is if the stone is a long oval or elongated circle.
Maybe it is my eyes, but the thing looks like a long rectangular bar to me.
I have sharpened many scythes and sickles but never with a stone that had flat sides before.

Are the sides flat or rounded?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:34 am 
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I think the sides the sides are flat. ......... It looks like rough carborundum.
It would be great for sharpening lawnmower blades. ????

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That #57 is listed as scythe sharpener amongst other uses.

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