In the 1930s you could buy a needle-sharpening devise about the size
of a matchbox that held a needle and rotated it over some emery paper.
I think they were for sharpening steel needles (rather than
for cactus) but I never knew anyone who actually used one.
I did know collectors who swore by cactus (which they sharpened by
hand). t I believe it turned out that blunt cactus was no more
forgiving than steel.
On Oct 21, 2009, at 2:04 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> In a message dated 10/21/2009 9:54:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> I don't think there's any (practical) way to resharpen them.
> An early Berliner instruction Manual from 1896 (8-pages) that we have
> reprinted advises that they can be individually re-sharpened, if
> one has the
> patience. A different world back then...
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