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Although the square cross-section handles are similar, the heads are different. The key may well be in the word scraper. What does a pipe scraper do?

 

(Mine is probably a seam marker for cloth.)

 

Among the possibilities that did cross my mind, if there was to be any connection with swords,  was a sort of vellum scraper, for wet same' handle wraps. Lastly I wondered if it was to be used as a tapper block under a wooden mallet, for removing very tight tsuka from shira-saya.(?)

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7 hours ago, Bugyotsuji said:

Although the square cross-section handles are similar, the heads are different. The key may well be in the word scraper. What does a pipe scraper do?

 

(Mine is probably a seam marker for cloth.)

 

Among the possibilities that did cross my mind, if there was to be any connection with swords,  was a sort of vellum scraper, for wet same' handle wraps. Lastly I wondered if it was to be used as a tapper block under a wooden mallet, for removing very tight tsuka from shira-saya.(?)

Pipe scrapers remove excess tar, carbon and other build up from the bowl of a pipe. Japanese tobacco pipes had quite small bowls, I doubt it really is the specific use for it but might be along those lines.

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Dear All.

 

A confession of sorts.  Many years ago, (pre internet if you can believe such a time existed), I decided to make my own mekugi nuki.  All I had to go on was an illustration in Stone's Glossary so off I went.  Found some nice brass and built my own, threaded punch and all. It turned out well and I was quite pleased with myself.  It was some years before I came across another Japanese one and realised that mine was a bit of a beast.  It is beside a conventional one in the photo and you can probably see it's more appropriate for cracking coconuts than getting the mekugi out.  However I have to say I have yet to come across a mekugi that can resist it!  😀  One or two visiting collectors have blanched a little when I get it out to dismantle their sword.

 

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All the best.

 

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