Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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cutting stick

A length of wood, plastic, or soft metal, inserted in the table of a GUILLOTINE , against which the knife edge strikes. It is usually square, but in some machines it is round and can be rotated by hand or power so as to present a fresh surface after a certain number of cuts. A worn stick will cause the knife to chew the paper rather than cut it cleanly. (145 , 338 )

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