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Shareya

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11-04-2015 04:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tools steel unidentified masonry lumber question

I’m a student of Building & Construction Technologies at Job Corps, and recently, my shopmates and instructor have come across 3 nearly identical tools that we cannot identify.
The only idea we have is that they might be masonry or lumber related.

Details:
Material: Solid steel (We think)
Hexagonal handle, 5” long, 3/4” thick/in diameter.
Rest of tool tapers out to an even 1/8” thick from the handle and curves over, parallel to handle. It extends 10” and the end is rounded.
Words “USA WHALEBONE 261” printed into one side of the handle, on each tool.

If anyone knows anything about these, the help would be much appreciated!


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NicHartman

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#1 posted 11-04-2015 04:59 AM

While I technically have no idea, my best guess would be some sort of specialized concrete/masonry work float. Looks somewhat similar in design to the classic hand float, maybe some company’s “next step” tool? It looks to have some sort of gray staining on it, whether it’s stains or missing finish isn’t apparent to me.

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bandit571

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#2 posted 11-04-2015 05:21 AM

Looks more like a tool used in shingles.

I’ve done a lot of concrete work over the years, never saw anything like that.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 11-04-2015 01:14 PM

According to my Brand information, Whalebone is Portage Tool Company. Try contacting them for ID.

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Don W

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#4 posted 11-04-2015 07:02 PM

My first thought was, “What makes you think its a tool?”

Why not just a part off of something else?

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#5 posted 11-04-2015 07:46 PM

for scraping head and bed joints. Masonry. (?)

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#6 posted 11-04-2015 08:58 PM

I think it’s a pencil.

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#7 posted 11-04-2015 09:53 PM



I think it s a pencil.

- Dallas

LMAO! I didn’t fully appreciate that until I scrolled back up to the pictures :-)))

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#8 posted 11-04-2015 10:53 PM



Looks more like a tool used in shingles.

I ve done a lot of concrete work over the years, never saw anything like that.

- bandit571

I’ve done a lot of shingle work over the years and I never saw anything like that!!
(No disrespect meant Bandit!!)

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diverlloyd

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#9 posted 11-05-2015 12:41 AM

looks like a boot horn if it was shorter I would say a cuff expander used on the mark v diving suit cuffs.

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#10 posted 11-05-2015 12:45 AM

Shingles as in clapboards, this would work as a stripper tool, when a repair or remodel is being done.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Don W

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#11 posted 11-05-2015 12:56 AM



Shingles as in clapboards, this would work as a stripper tool, when a repair or remodel is being done.

- bandit571

I would think it would have a sharp end for cutting nails, similar to a slate bar.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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mahdee

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#12 posted 11-05-2015 01:12 AM

Whatever it was somebody bent the hell out of it. The shape of the handle tells me it got mounted into a machinery of some sort.

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ChefHDAN

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#13 posted 11-05-2015 01:17 AM

Used something like it for vinyl siding

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#14 posted 11-05-2015 02:19 AM

I kinda think Sir Irb is on the right track. It was where I was leaning towards when I first saw it than I sort of agreed with what mahdee said till I went back and looked at the thing. That front rounded edge looks like it’s been worn down more to one side than the other. Makes me think who ever used it was holding it 90 degrees to the surface. Sort of like somebody reaching to strike a mortar joint or bending over to do the same. Just an observation. I got no freaking idea what it is. It could be a bent frosting knife for the Jolly Green Giant’s birthday cake for all I know.

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#15 posted 11-05-2015 02:39 AM

Dinglehopper.

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