What is it?

I've been collecting unusual objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started posting them on this site as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are. Most of the items are mine but a few belong to others, if you aren't interested in tools there are plenty of other type objects that have also been posted.

For first time visitors I recommend this archive for a wide variety of some of my best pieces.

Sunday, August 22, 2004



96. 8" long

97. 14" long

98. The top of this one is approx. 6" above the table's surface.

99. 2 3/4" x 1"



  • Photo number 97 is almost asssuredly an uncapping knife. It is used by a beekeeper to cut the cappings off a frame of honey prior to putting it into the extractor ("spinner"). This one is 'manual' - it isn't heated by either steam or electric, though many beekeepers would keep it in a pan of hot water between frames to make it cut through the wax more easily (wiping it on a cloth first, so the water isn't added into the honey...)

    By Blogger nickw, at 8/25/2004 2:33 PM  

  • #94 is a throwing knot called a monkey fist. Can be made with either 2 or three turns in each plane. Used in the end of heaving lines, the knot is hollow and a lead or iron ball can be put in the center for extra weight, or so the knot book says.

    #99 is a pair of thickness gauges, no idea what lights per foor means, I'm guessing the other is marked for roofing material such as lead or copper?

    By Blogger brad, at 8/27/2004 11:31 PM  

  • Nick:
    Correct, number 97 is a beekeepers's uncapping knife.

    Yes, number 94 is a monkey's fist knot. Number 99 is actually the same gauge, the photos showing both sides. It isn't for lead, copper, or roofing materials, I'll post the answers to this set in a couple days.


    By Blogger Rob, at 8/28/2004 5:25 PM  

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