14th-15th c. twist drill
- Ya' know, all this talk about drill bits got me to thinking... which
is something I don't do lightly 'cause it hurts... BUT... I
suddenly realized I HAD a medieval drill bit laying around
If you go to the photos section, Chas. stuff... you'll find a
picture of it with some details of the working part. I bought it
from Talbot's Fine Accessories one year at Pennsic.
The drill would have had a 'T' handle... and the drill end is SO
nicely formed I'm almost bettin' the smith had a pre-formed piece he
hammered on down on it with to form the shape...
Anyway... taper point... self guiding even sides... (its 5/8" or 17
cm. bore... close examination shows its ALMOST a transition piece
between the modern twist drill and a spoon bit... with two cutting
edges and a point... but an almost spoon bit side and cutting
action... tres' cool...
... a little more of a point on it and I'd bet it would cut end
Oh... if I remember correctly most of the gimlets are somewhat
similarly shaped... just generally not as large... and I bet them
spiffly little gimlet fellers' would make a heck of a quick pilot