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Gold finishing


We are pleased to offer an outstanding collection of second-hand (antique) finishing tools from France & England. Hand-engraved by master craftsman, these tools have the fine detail that only hand cutting can achieve. The tool edges come right up to the working surface, making sighting much easier and more accurate. The added metal in the shank of these tools maintains a much more even temperature that lasts longer compared to most modern machine-made ones.

Historically, many of these tools come from some of the most famous finishing tool makers of the last centuries. Dates and proof marks are given for those that have them. These are based on Tom Conroy's book Bookbinder's Finishing Tool Makers, 1780 - 1965, Oak Knoll Press, 2002, which is also available from us.


The images we are providing do not do the tools justice (We are better binders than photographers!). If you have any questions or would like to place and order, please contact us via email or telephone: in the US (760) 758-4142.

To View the tools, please click on the links listed below.

Numbers 1 - 20

Numbers 21 -36

Numbers 37 - 51

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