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07-30-2013 02:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mystery tool

A friend of mine gave me this tool the other day.
He said he didn’t know what it was and thought I might know.

I have no idea and to be honest did no research other than post it here for the fun of it.

If you know what it is or have a vivid imagination and want to take a wild guess, please feel free to share it.

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 03:12 AM

How about fish mouth opener?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 03:15 AM

Bill may be onto something….
I was thinking an old dentistry tool….
for correcting severe overbites!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 03:20 AM

Thats a stumper. Looks like some kind of commercial specialty tool that was used in a factory perhaps. No idea.

A few things that crossed my mind.

An old horseshoers tool or some kind of tool for hand forging steel . But it seems to be too small for that.

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 03:54 AM

How big is it?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 11:11 AM

13 inches long.

drum brake tool?

medieval spline remover/ torture device?

Viking Drum lambskin stretcher?

18th century hemorrhoid remover?

I.R.S. wallet pry bar?

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 12:09 PM

ABEEHA I wish I kept up on my Spanish. sorry. I know a few words….. No weno por nada!

any guess as to what this mystery tool is?

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 12:24 PM

My Guess: Since blacksmiths make many of their own tools, I’m going with some custom Tong.

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 01:12 PM

Caliper for a hollow vessel turning with a flared top?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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Don Broussard

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 01:21 PM

Tool for taking doughnuts out of hot oil?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#10 posted 07-30-2013 03:04 PM

I believe this is a Farrier Clincher, for rolling over horseshoe nails. This is an old one, but the design has not changed too much over the years.
I remember seeing the farm owner using one where my ex-wife used to keep her horses. What a money pit that was…
See the modern version here:,764.html

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 08:03 PM

Ding ding ding. I think Tennessee got it, although I really like Don Broussard’s donut answer.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#12 posted 07-30-2013 08:38 PM

As mentioned above, they look like specialty tongs for a specific purpose. These however looked like they were a production piece made by drop forging into a die. I would almost venture to say that they came out of a foundry.

They seem to be for picking up a part that maybe fairly thick and hot like a drop forged piece. Maybe something like a drop forged cart wheel?

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#13 posted 07-30-2013 11:35 PM

Ii seems like a good guess. but what are the hooks on the other end for?

I see a devise that can spread and have a place to hook a spring to without slipping off, then you could roll on the lower arm and stretch it enough to hook in place like on a drum brake. The hooks on the other end could also pull, possibly grabbing inside the spring?

I got nuthin.

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#14 posted 07-30-2013 11:46 PM

Farrier’s clinch tool. Newer ones are a bit different but work the same.
Probably smith made looking at the style.

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#15 posted 07-31-2013 12:41 AM

Klingon sex toy perhaps?

(tongue firmly in cheek)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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