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Forum topic by Hodge posted 06-09-2013 11:49 AM 1256 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2013 11:49 AM

Obviously, this is not a wood working tool but I was hoping someone on the site might recognize and help me identify what the heck this thing is. My wife rented a cabin to an elderly gentleman who recently passed away. His sister removed everything belonging to the man that she wanted and left several items. I have NO IDEA what this thing is – a harpoon maybe? Over 7 feet long, could not get it in one picture.

Any help would be appreciated as to what it is and what it was used for. Thanks, a newbie to the site.

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 11:02 PM

Looks like a flensing spontoon. Used in rendering whales. Not sure, but I believe you cut with the broad end and use the point to spear and handle the cut chunks.

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 11:31 PM

Many thanks!!! I appreciate the suggestion. Thought harpoon but “spontoon” was not a piece of whaling equipment I was familiar with. Great people on this site. Thanks again!

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 10:43 AM

Looks like Bold1 nailed it.

Did some Googlin’ for ‘Whale rendering tools’ and It looks like what they would have called a ‘boarding knife’.

Cool piece of history.

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 11:02 AM

Very cool. I’m glad you posted it here!

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 09:57 PM

Just on Ebay and searched flensing spontoon. Someone has one for sale. Starting bid $475.00.

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 10:07 PM

Bold1 and all you guys: Thanks again for the help!! Could not have hoped for a better response. Take care.

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