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This is what it is

by Jordan Ficklin

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Bow CutterAn update to the what is it post. That tool, which I confess I did not know exactly what it was for, is a tool for cutting shoulders on pocket watch bows. Thank you Jon for informing me. Here is a close up shot of the cutters and a video of it in action. I know I should put it in a vise when I use it, but I don’t have one at home yet.

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  1. Posted July 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    You’re quite welcome J.Peter. I’m happy to see you taking it for a test run already.

  2. Michael O
    Posted October 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    I know this is way too late, but the tool is called a “Bow Mill”. Found one online with box for $129.00

  3. Dushan Grujich
    Posted January 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Good Day JP,

    There is one item missing. It is a set of seven matching milling cutters, which are used to prepare pendant to accept the bow shaping it exactly opposite to the bow ends.

    Suitable milling cutter is placed in the hole of the cranking handle, right into the hole in the middle of the cranking gear seen on the left hand side of the image shown above. Shanks of the milling cutters are split to provide driving them without slipping.

    If You want I shall send You few images of the Bow Mill tool with pendant milling cutter mounted. The milling cutters come in a nice (and miniature) wooden box.



  4. J.Peter
    Posted January 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Dushan, thanks, those cutters might be around my shop somewhere I’ll have to look for them. It may I just didn’t know what they were so I didn’t pair them together.

  5. Posted February 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I have added a new page on bow mills to the Alliance Horlogere wiki, with further pictures and info

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