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Forum topic by willie posted 01-29-2012 06:12 AM 1110 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 06:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mystery tool

I have been trying to find some info about a mystery tool that I have had for a long time. Not sure exactly where or when I got it. It appears to have started out as a bar of steel 1/2”X1/4” X6” long. It has been hand forged to flatten and widen both ends leaving the middle alone. Both ends are tapered to a sharp 1” wide chisel-like blade. It looks almost like a bow tie from above. There does not appear to be anyplace for a handle so I’m not sure of it’s use. The name “J.J.Purinton” is stamped in the center section, looks like it was done by hand, not machine. I will try to post some pictures tomorrow.
I did find that J.J.Purinton was a blacksmith in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1877, but can find no more info about him. If anyone has any info on this guy or his work, I would appreciate it. This has been a head-scratcher for years and I would love to solve this one! Thanks, Willie

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 06:14 AM

A photo might hellp

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 03:24 PM

I live in East liverpool ohio and never heard of him. I will try to check with a few friends and see whaat I can come up with. photo would be helpful.

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 04:30 PM

Hi I found your JJ Purinton had a blacksmith shop at 4th and market in East Liverpool and a John Purinton who had a cooper shop also in the city. You may want to look up cooper tools. Cooper was about making wooden barrels which was used a lot by the pottery industry to ship pottery in. by the way theres been hundreds of potteries in East liverpool.

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 11:24 PM

Here are some pictures of this tool. The bandsaw is from the last pictures I posted but I can’t get it to delete so ignore it. This thing is totally hand forged and is fairly sharp. An edge has never been put on it and I have no Idea how you would hold this tool to use it or what it’s used for. I’ve thought about making a handle for it to use possibly like an adz or some kind of chopping tool. Thought I better find out what it is before I modify or break it.

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 11:27 PM

!http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j468/cjwillie1/100_1132.jpg!

I’m having some problems getting pictures to download. Both ends of this thing are the same.

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 11:36 PM

!http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j468/cjwillie1/100_1133.jpg!

I think this is it.

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 09:58 PM

Anyone have any clue what this is?

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 12:26 AM

Wouldn’t be for forcing the iron hoops down a barrel’s sides would it now?

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 06:27 AM

Both ends are too sharp for that. I thought that it might get cut in half and each end given a handle but not sure. It has only the forged edge, which will cut you, and has never been sharpened. It seems too thin to use to pry anything. I will try to get some better pics.

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#10 posted 02-05-2012 05:30 PM

It looks like a scraper of some sort to me.

I was going to say a specialized pry bar until you said the ends were sharp enough to cut you.
Is it possible that it was originally a pry bar and someone sharpened the ends along the way to use as a scraper?

The reason I ask is my Grandfather on my Mother’s side was a bee keeper. He had a similar looking tool that he used to use to pry tops off of bee hive boxes. The tops just sit on, but the wax from the bees gets them stuck on pretty good sometimes. The tool he used looked similar, both ends came to a sharp point, but not sharp enough to cut you. He’d put the edge in the line between the box and lid, tap the other end with a wooden mallet, and pry upwards to free the lid.

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#11 posted 02-07-2012 11:54 PM

Whatever it is, it appears to be unused so there are no marks on it that might give a clue as to how it was used or for what. It remains a mystery!

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