Our meaning of cobble-cut and cobble edge

Words I have invented ~ an explanation!

Description of picture
A cobbler's knife [126091] cutting a sheet ~
of Khadi 320gsm handmade paper [125699]
The deckle edge is on the right hand side

If you know a better word ~ please let me know

I needed to describe the way in which I sometimes cut papers. I use a knife as if it was a paper knife [107660], in just the way it would be used to open an envelope. It is an easy and efficient way of cutting some materials ~ when other tools are not as useful. It does not give as clean a cut as a sharp knife against a steel rule into a cutting mat. To distinguish it from that I do not use the word cut.

To use the phrase paper-knife-cut is too cumbersome ~ and not quite accurate if I use a kitchen knife. Who owns a paper knife these days? I have one at home, but it is ~ deliberately ~ very blunt. Adverbs such as tearing ~ ripping ~ hacking ~ slicing ~ do not sound neat enough, although slicing often sounds appropriate.

A paper-knife-cut edge ~ a cobbled edge ~ has a slightly rustic look. I chose the word cobble because I find that cobble-edging is the best finish for some jobs. Because the cobbler's knife is often my preferred tool I use my cobbler's knife a lot. It is efficient ~ it gives a neat result ~ it is often easier than alternatives. I list links to some uses, below.

I find that cobbled edge complements the deckled edge of handmade papers very well. To me the mix of guillotine-cut-edge and deckled-edge on the same sheet of paper ~ looks odd. Such a mix is often acceptable in prepared materials ~ such as books.

I find the best tool for careful 'paper-knife' working is a cobbler's knife [126091]. The traditional paper knife is too blunt to be able to cobble-cut thick handmade quality papers.

I should, maybe, have mentioned earlier the various alternative names by which the cobbler's knife is known, many of them based on the shoemaker's trade ~ clip-point knife ~ leather knife ~ shoe knife ~ stub knife [126091].

A slight advantage of cobble as a base word is that it can be used as a noun, verb,or adverb. A disadvantage is that I am talking a load of cobblers. Oh dear!


Links to related items

~ Cobble-cutting using a sharp paper knife [121978]

~ Hacking-up cardboard boxes [114910]

~ When cobbled-cutting goes wrong (1) [125438]

~ When cobbled-cutting goes wrong (2) [1254575]

~ Results of a cobble-cutting task [119688]


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