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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

184. 5 1/4" long



185.



186. The top part of this tool can pivot all the way down to either handle. 13 1/2" long





187. 4 3/4" long



188. 7 3/4" long





Answers

9 Comments:

  • 187. fishing weight, deep sea

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 11/10/2004 6:57 AM  

  • 185. wire stripper

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/10/2004 6:58 AM  

  • >187. fishing weight, deep sea

    Yes, it's a fishing sinker but I haven't yet been able to verify exactly what it's used for.

    >185. wire stripper

    Correct, any idea why the padding is necessary between the cutter and the stripper?

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/10/2004 4:14 PM  

  • 184 Tobacco pipe reamer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/10/2004 5:04 PM  

  • 185. Don't know either, I find these in phone trucks we buy & refurbish so I'm thinking phone wire is their purpose.
    187. The length of this sinker would indicate heavy line. Ocean fishing??

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 11/10/2004 7:28 PM  

  • >184 Tobacco pipe reamer

    Correct

    >185. Don't know either, I find these in phone trucks we buy & refurbish so I'm thinking phone wire is their purpose.

    I found some info on the wire cutter here:

    http://www.justtoolkits.com/42150.html


    >187. The length of this sinker would indicate heavy line. Ocean fishing??

    Probably, though I'm still looking into this one.

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/11/2004 4:29 PM  

  • I used to be a Microwave Radio Tech, and I used a couple of stripper/cutters like this. My two pair were for cutting and stripping an exact length of wire, as that length would perfectly wrap onto the recieving posts on radios.

    By Blogger Scotty, at 11/12/2004 1:11 AM  

  • on #187 can you thread a wire through the middle end to end? BLACKSMITHS SOMETIMES USED A TOOL LIKE THIS TO REMOVE KINKS from wire by sliding it the length of the wire. and this looks to be hand forged

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/25/2004 11:52 PM  

  • Going way back to 187 -- it's a trolling weight that can be added to the line without having to re-tie the line. I have a box of them my grandfather used for salmon trolling.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2005 1:40 AM  

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