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Thursday, June 30, 2005

388. Someone sent in these photos, looking to identify this set of tools.









389. I don't own this one, the photo was taken at a local flight museum.







390. 1" tall, both ends look the same







391. Another one from the flight museum.







392. 6-1/4" long









393. This photo was also emailed to me, by someone wanting to know if this cutting tool is for a particular purpose.








Answers

12 Comments:

  • 393. My grandmother used this along with a wooden bowl to make chopped liver.

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2005 4:35 AM  

  • 388. some kind of feeler guage set
    390. a "stone" filter, usually for fuel
    392. Tool used for hold down springs in automotive drum brake shoe applications.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 6/30/2005 5:13 AM  

  • The knife is called an ulu.
    Google search ulu and it's there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2005 5:40 AM  

  • 392. Battery terminal cleaner
    393. Vegetable chopper used in wooden bowl.

    By Blogger Canem, at 6/30/2005 6:41 AM  

  • 388 - Set of tools to pierce the end of dynamite sticks to insert blastic caps. Couple the multiple pieces to open a hole that matches the size of the blasting cap. Made of brass to be non-sparking.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2005 12:44 PM  

  • >393. ...to make chopped liver.

    Thanks for the comment, I'm guessing this is a multi purpose knife, but that's one possible use for it.

    >388. some kind of feeler guage set
    >390. a "stone" filter, usually for fuel

    Both incorrect.

    >392. Tool used for hold down springs in automotive drum brake shoe applications.

    I think this is right.

    >The knife is called an ulu.

    Thanks, or possibly a mezzaluna knife.

    >392. Battery terminal cleaner

    Nope

    >393. Vegetable chopper used in wooden bowl.

    Another possible use...

    >388 - Set of tools to pierce the end of dynamite sticks to insert blastic caps...

    Nope, found out that these are scratch test needles for testing gold, as seen on this link:

    http://shorinternational.com/TestGold.htm

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 7/01/2005 3:50 PM  

  • 390: Aquarium Aerator

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2005 5:32 PM  

  • 389. Maybe a spray gun to apply resin to fabric surfaces on old-fashioned airplanes?

    By Anonymous Sawdust, at 7/01/2005 9:45 PM  

  • 390: Stone for sharpening darts

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/02/2005 8:15 AM  

  • 393 Cataloged as a "Mincing Knife".
    An exact image of this one shows up in an 1865 Russell & Erwin Hardware catalog.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/02/2005 8:38 AM  

  • >390: Aquarium Aerator
    >389. Maybe a spray gun to apply resin...

    Both incorrect

    >390: Stone for sharpening darts

    Yes

    >393 Cataloged as a "Mincing Knife".

    Thanks for the info.

    By Blogger Rob, at 7/03/2005 5:29 AM  

  • 391. worn to prevent static electrictricity when fueling planes

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/06/2005 6:02 AM  

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