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Don Carlos

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by walter Often, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. walter Often

    walter Often Busy Member

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    Not your usual bit of kit. I have two of these. Anyone else have one? 20190817_195300.jpg
     
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    Errrr, no

    Looks like something from the French Revolution .

    Are they field or kitchen ?
     
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    Neither mate. Although I do use one for certain jobs in the field, I've not used one in the kitchen. They are called a "Don Carlos" knife. Strong, and can take a decent edge. Popular with glaziers and double glazing fitters nowadays. But originally "Don Carlos" used it for making leather stuff. Saddles....etc.
    The lighter coloured handles one is the best you can get. German made. Not overly expensive....about £40. Tricky to get an edge on if you don't enjoy sharpening blades. But if you do....? They are a handy bit of kit. Super strong blade. Can take a lot of punishment if used to lever stuff.
    Just thought I'd see if anyone else had seen one before.
    All the best
    Walter
     
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    Do you watch " the repair shop" on telly, I can see something like this being used by the Leather Lady
     
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    I use them when welding the seams on altro flooring. Perfect tool for smoothing the weld flush to the floor
     
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    Never heard of it mate? Respect......but I don't watch tv. Not watched tv for a long time. Ive always liked a knife. A very handy tool is a knife.....but only if its sharp. If it's not sharp, it's pointless having it with you. These don Carlos knives I posted up were in my shed. I'd forgotten about them. I bought them for my son when I got him his first ever job as a window fitter. There are two.....cos he came home upset, thinking hed lost the first one. So I bought him the best you can get from Germany to cheer him up. Then he found the other one again! Soon after that he gave up the window job and started roofing.
     
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    I think I know what you mean Gary. ? Are you talking about welding the 'lino' type flooring together? Where you leave a slight gap in the join and melt the stuff on a reel into it with a big electric kind of hair drier thing?
     
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    That's the one mate. I'm a coachbuilder and the flooring used on buses is a heavy duty lino. That tool is the perfect tool for that job. I didn't ever know it was originally used for leather work as it works so well in my application of it that i assumed it was always meant for what I use it for. You live and learn hey
     
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    Nice one gary. It was only a guess cos a friend of mine is a floor layer. He does the lot.....anything from carpets to hardwood. He's been subbing from a local firm that have the maintenance contracts for 3 very well known national supermarket chains. I've helped hi m out a few times doing nights cos he had a transport problem at the time. He let me have a go at welding a joint in a bakery department one night. I was a natural. I burnt and melted everything, including my fingers! They don't half chuck some heat out for something that doesn't look like it's up to much!
    Nice one mate.
    All the best
    Walter
     

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