It's a vintage paper cutter which I found at a Goodwill store for only $14.99. I really wanted to bring it home but it was quite heavy. Even before I got to the airport and learned my suitcase weighed 48.5 lbs, I knew I wouldn't be able to carry it home, the combination of the wooden body and metal handle was too just too much.
Instead, I begged my friend Michelle to buy it and she did. I'm happy to know it found a good home and if I'm very lucky, I might be able to visit it again some day!