Big chisel-grinds have always been my favorite; I never really thought about why.
Maybe it’s this?
The rope’s wrong. The release is missing. That’s a pretty bad fake guillotine, but the blade … ooh someone put some time into profiling that bevel. Nowadays that’d be pretty easy (but time-consuming) on a milling machine.
Administrivia Note: I just got called out to a gig in Los Angeles for 2 weeks, so (depending on how things are going) I may get quiet. If anyone wants to get together for dinner at Palms Thai in Hollywood [pt], I’d be happy to use you as an excuse.