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Knives used to cut and slice the cork, and to make cork stoppers

<p>Knives used to cut and slice the cork, and to make cork stoppers. From the Fam&iacute;lia Ferr&eacute;, Pelai Roques and Cork Museum collections. Palafrugell Cork Museum Image Bank.</p>

Knives used to cut and slice the cork, and to make cork stoppers. From the Família Ferré, Pelai Roques and Cork Museum collections. Palafrugell Cork Museum Image Bank.

The first stopper-makers of the 18th century were involved in the whole production process, but little by little they began to specialise in specific stages of production: some sliced the planks and cut elongated strips called slices, while others cut the slices into square pieces called "carracs", and finally the "carracs" were made into the cork stoppers.

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