The American sickle grinder
An attractive mowing machine knife sharpener with adjustable crank arm and mower wheel clamp. The larger gear casting reads "The American, Mfg by The American Sickle Grinder Co., Piqua, O". Cast on the side of the next gear is "Pat Appld For". A thumb screw clamp on the base apparently secured a pivoting knife holder which is not present and the wood is gone from the crank handle. The gearing works smoothly. This is the only example of the "American Grinder" we have seen, and we have not been able to find the patent either.
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