1) A tool used for cutting a mark (usually a shield) into the scale of a haft, using a bow and a ‘parser’ with a hard metal cutting edge.

The Sheffield cutler, Samuell Bothomley had one bosaw in his Smithy Chamber in 1702. The technique can still be observed in the market place in Marrakesh.

places Sheffield
dates 1702

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