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01-15-2013 01:17 AM

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I have no idea what this tool is? Look like a screw driver or an ice pick but I don’t think that is it. It is about 10” long with the name J. Stortz stamped in the steel. If you know please let me know!https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/mgn7tnv.jpg!

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 01:42 AM

paint can opener?

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 01:44 AM

Looks like an abused screwdriver to me

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 01:52 AM

Oyster or clam shucker – 65% probability :D I can’t find one quite like that but Stortz did make some and if you search “wood handled clam shucker” you’ll see some similar images. The round section is somewhat unusual for that so I could well be wrong though.

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 02:40 AM

Brick pointing tool.

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 02:44 AM

staple remover for old screen doors/windows

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 02:46 AM

I agree with Gary. I have one of those abused items.

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 02:47 AM

user modified screwdriver

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 03:47 AM

It may be something used for making saddles or leather work?

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 03:54 AM

changer my vote to shucker /// here is a link to something like it

it also could be some other fishing or fish cleaning tool. In the coastal high volume fish cleaning industry there are several unusual hand tools for different types of fish, crabs , squids and other sea creatures;

picture lines of people standing in front of huge steel tables and thousands of fish or other creatures flopping around.

giant fishing boats and fish cleaning factories.

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#10 posted 01-16-2013 03:59 AM

I’m guessing a tire iron.

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 06:24 AM

I’m not sure what it is either.

Stortz has been in business here in the Philadelphia area since 1853.

I’d contact them to see if they can ID it.

John Stortz and Son, Inc.
210 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215.627.3855 | Fax: 215.627.6306 | Toll Free: 1-888-847-3456

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#12 posted 01-16-2013 06:55 AM

Schucker is shorter and with a flatter blade. My guess is an a burnisher that has been modified to a screwdriver then abused or an abused screwdriver. I have rounded my share ;-))

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#13 posted 01-16-2013 08:15 AM

Yes, an oyster shucker’s blade is only about 2 1/2” or 3” long. And the whole blade is flattish (kind of a flattened oval). At least that’s the way they are here in the Pac. N.W.

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 08:09 PM

Thanks for all the help everyone!

Tom, I emailed John Stortz and Son, Inc. and Thomas C. Stortz sent this response:
”My first thought is to agree with the Oyster Shucker as I’ve seen similar models with that type of rounded end that we’ve produced. I’m fairly certain we’ve never produced any types of screwdrivers. I’ll ask my dad and he can shed some light on the subject. I’ll try to get back to you asap.”

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 12:17 AM

Glad I was able to be of some help!
I hope they can positively identify it for you.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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