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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 08-14-2016 04:50 AM 1655 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2016 04:50 AM

I bought this hilariously strange tool off an auction just because of how unique it looked. It was pretty rusted when I received it, so I spent time today cleaning it up on the wire wheel and re-peening the rivet.

I found the original advertisement for it online, shown in the last picture. I guess I’m now the handiest housewife in the kitchen. It seems to lean more towards the “master of none” side of the jack of all trades.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 08-14-2016 05:45 AM

That’s a left handed frammis. I keep mine next to the bolt stretcher … Its the right tool to unlatch the fan belt buckle and tune the brake drums, trumpets, & clarinets …


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#2 posted 08-14-2016 07:12 AM

Yes, My Grandmother used hers mostly to lift the wood stove eyes to add wood for more heat and lift kettles by their bails. Rarely used the screwdriver. It did turn square nuts on bolts occassionally.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 11:13 AM

I would love to have one…truly unique.

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#4 posted 08-14-2016 11:28 AM

That’s pretty neat looking, I would have bought it too.

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#5 posted 08-15-2016 12:59 AM

I would guess that tool came out around the 1890’s. Although it is an antique, it is a testament to the quality of “made in America” tools back then.

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#6 posted 08-15-2016 05:21 AM

It unique,interesting, and I would have bought it in a heartbeat, that said it’s probably the dumbest tool I’ve ever seen, lol.


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#7 posted 08-15-2016 05:30 AM

It now has a proud place mounted on my wall. Next time I need to pull a nail out of a hot pit lid or something, I’m all set.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 08-15-2016 06:37 AM

oops should have said “hot pot lid”. Late night typing.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#9 posted 08-15-2016 02:29 PM

That’s pretty cool looking. Must be one of the first multi tools.

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#10 posted 08-15-2016 08:29 PM

I think BurlyBob is correct, it is the first multi-tool for the kitchen!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 08-15-2016 10:14 PM

This looks like something that the demented dentist played by Steve Martin might wield in Little Shop of Horrors.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 08-15-2016 11:30 PM

That’s pretty cool. I have some old tools I plan to put in an “old” oily shelf unit once I clear the decks from the “honey-dos”. I have an old soldering iron that was put in the forge to heat it, stuff like that.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#13 posted 08-16-2016 05:30 AM

Nominee for the Annual Useless Tool Awards? Too old for that?

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