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A lot of the old posts have the pics removed and I can't find a thread just for letter openers, so perhaps we could see a few here. I suppose letter openers have gone pretty much the same way as bottle openers - most bottles have twist caps now and email and text has largely replaced the letter. However, it seems that these things still sell quite well. I do a lot of ram heads and long horn bulls on pokers and bottle openers, but this is the first go at a paper knife/ letter opener. The bull has a single edge, the ram is double sided. The ram is more comfortable in the hand, but you have to keep the cattlemen happy too. I'm not totally happy with the blade shape - they work well, but the next ones will be longer, thinner and tapered better.
These small letter openers are good for quick demos. Just a few minutes to make and they involve a range of skills - drawing out, scrolling, twisting etc. I did a couple for a pre-school demo recently and one of the little kids asked what it was. I said that it's a letter opener and he asked "What does it do?". I said that it's for opening letters and his reply was "What's a letter?" A sign of the times. Email and text has all but done away with the humble letter. I haven't made many of these before and will hone the skills a little more to achieve more consistency in the future. The blades want to bend backwards away from the sharp edge, but I found if I curved the stock inwards first they straighten up nicely. Woud like to see your designs. I'll get better, but for now ...