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Knife - Matmaking, circa 1986 Object Reg. No: SH 932054

Summary:
Matmaking knife probably made by former RVIB worker Fred Kilpatrick, circa 1986. The knife was used by visually impaired workers in the matmaking workshop of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind on the rod loom. Coir was wound around a rod which was then passed between the weft strings on the loom. The knife was then used to cut along the hollow edge of the rod, thus forming the mat pile. It is believed this knife was made by factory worker Fred Kilpatrick specifically for this task from a piece of old hacksaw blade.
Description:
Wooden handle with blade cut back to form a thin edge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 26.00 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Width), 4.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: working life, tools, industries, disability organisations, sheltered workshops, visual impairment
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: occupational therapy tools & equipment
Inscriptions: On blade surface: OS/ed [rest of inscription hidden under handle].
Place & Date Made: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1986
Place & Date Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1986-1992

Probably made by factory worker Fred Kilpatrick
References: Malcolm Fraser - R.V.I.B. Factory workshop supervisor; Tom Jennings and Monty James - R.V.I.B. Factory workers

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