Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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butcher cuts

Damage to hides and skins caused by improper and/ or unskilled flaying, and usually seen in the form of cuts or furrows on the flesh side. In extreme cases, the cuts may go completely through the skin, thus reducing its value greatly. Butcher cuts are sometimes particularly noticeable on parchment and vellum. (363 )

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