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Knife cleaner. Before the invention of stainless steel, (which your cutlery will probably be made of at home) knives were very hard to keep clean and shiny. If they got too wet, they would get rusty and water could leak down into the handles, which were made of wood or bone. The Victorian maids would use a special knife-cleaning machine to polish them up. The knives would be put, blade down, into the holes along the top of the machine, with a small amount of polishing powder, and then the handle was turned to let the hard brushes inside do their work.

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