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Bow Post Cutter

This is a tool not used often, but is invaluable when it's needed. The tool holds a "bow" from a pocketwatch case in a spring loaded clamp, against a rotating cutter. The cutter (in adjustable sizes) shapes a post at the ends of the bow to fit in the watch case neck. This is useful when a bow is worn and comes off the case easily (like this one) and also when fitting a replacement bow that needs a different size of posts - or of course in making a bow from scratch.
The bow as shown here still needs a little shaping, but it is much more secure.

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