a video i watched on youtube (from some historical museum, i can't find the
video again) suggested it was also used to shred tobacco for pipe or
cigarette smoking. you'd just push the pressed block to its edge, just
past, and guillotine it, step and repeat. this was, of course, showing one
of the champion framed versions with the gold pinstriping :)
just sing "curse sir walter raleigh, he was such a stupid git"