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Forum topic by RP709 posted 09-09-2013 01:44 PM 1147 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2013 01:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mystery hand tool wood carving question carving tool

I am sure someone will make me feel a bit dumb here, but I really don’t mind at this point. I have had this little hand tool for so long, I don’t even remember where it came from. The top of the (blade?) is marked TOSCO, and I can only assume it is some sort of carving or woodworking tool but I would love to know what it is called, and what its primary use is. Thanks to any and all!!



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#1 posted 09-09-2013 01:56 PM

Does the blade have a carbide blade bonded to the steel?

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 06:15 PM

It could be a grinding wheel dressing tool if it has a carbide or diamond tip.

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 06:31 PM

Well, the metal on the edge looks basically the same, maybe a bit of cross-hatching. I have seen dressing tools before and it does not really resemble a tool that could be used that way. It is almost like it has a cutting edge on the bottom of the blade. It is rather sharp, and there could be a harder metal fused to the edge. I honestly thought it was some sort of old tool for cutting linoleum or something like that, but I doubt it. Keep em’ coming, please, someone knows what this thing is!


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#4 posted 09-09-2013 07:21 PM

Tosco or Tool Specialty Company based in L.A. makes carbide cutting tools. They are still in business, so you may want to contact to see what it is you have. Hope that helps.

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 07:22 PM

my guess would be some kind of thread chaser.

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 07:42 PM

if it doesn’t have a cutting edge ( can’t tell from these pictures), than this is likely a burnishing tool for things like card scrapers and the likes.

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 08:29 PM

My guess is a burnishing or deburring tool, I have seen such many years ago when I worked in a machine shop in Inglewood Calif. It was used to deburr aircraft parts(alumimum)

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 08:30 PM

Replica of Viking ear wax scraper.

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 08:35 PM

I agree with redSLED…........ Ha ha.

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 08:53 PM

OK, so it seems to be a Viking earwax removal tool, that the Vikings sometimes used to deburr their aircraft. Hmmm? I think we may be getting to the bottom of this here!


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#11 posted 09-09-2013 11:23 PM

You all have it worng. When the Viking Space Probe was built there was a need to debur the edges of the Dragon’s Breath paddles that were used propel it into deep space. The deburing was due to the some what over chared edges of the ash/oak/cypress/teak/balsa composit used for deep space travel. The over charing is due to the different combustion temps of the woods used, and the dragon’s lack of being able to produce a modifided flame. If you know your history, you should know that Vikings used the finger bones of dead Monks to remove earwax. My spelling might be off, but feel free to check my facts !

-- Fredj

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#12 posted 09-09-2013 11:29 PM

Look like a gouge that has had a lot of use and many sharpening grinds.

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