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Hindenburg Wood – Straw Cutter and Smoother


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  Hindenburg -Straw Cutter and Smoother

This is an essential tool whenever working with split straw. The Hindenburg’s main uses are for splitting straw length wise, and then to smooth out the straw in order to crush the pith making the straw soft and workable.

This tool is The Straw Shop’s recreation of  England’s Gordon Thwaites  “Hindenburg” tool.  In the 1990s he was asked to reproduce a tool from Switzerland called the Halmenschaber.  At a loss for a name to call this tool Gordon was reproducing specifically for straw workers, he turned to Veronica Main and his daughter, Hillary, for a name. Hillary Thwaites suggested the name Hindenburg because the handle’s shape reminded her of the airship.  The group decided then to name the reproduction of the Swiss Halmenschaber tool a Hindenburg.  Like the original tool it is used to split and smooth straw. The blade’s point is inserted into the hollow stem of a straw and slit along its length. The flat edge of the blade is then used to smooth the straw. The Straw Shop improved the blade’s material and cutting ans smoothing surfaces.  Due to these improvements, our name is on the blade.

  • Construction:Oak Wooden Handle
  • 316 Stainless Steel Blade
  •  Approximate Dimensions: Handle 3.5 inches
  •   Blade 1 inch X 1.5 inches

You’ll find yourself using this tool time and time again.

Our blade is easy to clean.  As with any natural wooden handled tool, a simple reapplication of a common wood oil may be necessary over time.

Another The Straw Shop exclusive! Made in the U.S.A.

Additional information

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions 4 × 2 × 1 in


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