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What is this?

John W Foster
Does anyone know what this tool is?
I believe it was my great-grandfather's, he was principally a harness maker although he did some cobbling too. The left leg of the tool is about 3/16" wide and is pierced with an approx. 1/16" hole perpendicular to the view in the picture. The right leg is hammered to an edge, but I don't think it was ever sharpened sufficiently to be a cutting edge, I suspect it was more of a marking tool. My best current guess is that maybe a string or wire was fed through the hole in the one leg, and then the line was strung out taught over a hide and by adjusting the width of the tool, a series of parallel lines could be marked using the line as a guide, I could be out to lunch on this also.
Thanks
John

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