Shave, currier’s

Currier's shave (Period)

Currier’s shave (Period)

A currier’s shave is a long single-edged knife with a handle on either end, used to scrape the hair and fat off a cow’s hide before tanning.  It may also be termed a “tanner’s shave” or a “currier’s knife”.  The illustration is taken from the arms of the Worshipful Company of Curriers, 1583 [Bromley & Child 62].  The shave is fesswise, edge to base, by default.  For related charges, see drawknife.  See also tools.

Jeremea Gerber bears:  Vair, on a fess azure a two-handled currier’s knife argent.

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