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Thursday, January 06, 2005

236. The part in the foreground is 2" long



237.









238. 2" long







239. 4" diameter



240. 7 1/2" long



241. 1 7/8" diameter





Answers

12 Comments:

  • 236. A chain breaker, small enough that it's probably for bicycles.
    238. Can opener, issued with c-rations in the military (think they are officially called a P-38)
    240. Tool used for spreading top post type car battery terminals.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 1/06/2005 7:22 AM  

  • 239. Might be a Zoetrope

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2005 12:55 PM  

  • >236. A chain breaker...
    >238. Can opener...
    >240. Tool used for spreading top post type car battery terminals.

    These are all correct.

    >239. Might be a Zoetrope

    Also correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/06/2005 5:18 PM  

  • 238 Yup a "P38" can opener. Used one many a time in the military.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2005 9:17 PM  

  • 237 A tool made by Starrett for tile nipping, bicycle spoke cutting and other uses depending on what jaws are installed. I don't recognize the jaws in this one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2005 9:42 AM  

  • 241. Looks like a wire and rod testing gauge, but for the life of me I do not know why someone would make one without markings.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2005 3:43 PM  

  • >237 A tool made by Starrett for tile nipping...
    >...I don't recognize the jaws in this one.

    Yes, I think someone modified this one.

    >241. Looks like a wire and rod testing gauge...

    It does look like a gauge, but that's not what it is.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/07/2005 4:38 PM  

  • 241 A Jeweler's hexagon anvil used for holding small parts for drilling, riveting etc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2005 10:14 AM  

  • 237: gauge
    239: holesaw
    241: flaring block

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2005 2:48 AM  

  • >241 A Jeweler's hexagon anvil used for holding small parts for drilling, riveting etc.

    Correct, it's a watchmaker's anvil, probably used with a staking tool

    >237: gauge
    >239: holesaw
    >241: flaring block

    These are not correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/09/2005 7:16 AM  

  • 245. End face of an draftsman's or architect's rule. Provides measures in 6 scales, one along each face.

    247. Lace tightener. Typically used for suiting up ice skates, etc.

    By Blogger Tom, at 1/16/2005 12:47 PM  

  • >245. End face of an draftsman's or architect's rule...

    Correct.

    247. Lace tightener...

    It was marked as being for a different use, though it's in the same ballpark.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/16/2005 4:24 PM  

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