May 11, 2006 11:09 PM Subscribe
Do you know what this tool
posted by hyperfascinated to Home & Garden (17 answers total)
A coworker asked me to post this question. He has had this tool for years and has never been able to figure out its name or intended purpose. He found the tool in his father's toolbox (presumably while cleaning out his father's house after the father's death)- my coworker is in his 60s, so our best guess is that the tool is at least as old as he is.
The tool is pretty little, about 7 inches tall. There are no marks on it-- no name or anything. It's made of a very shiny silvery "greasy" pot metal (the pinkish cast in the photo is from the orange walls of my office.)
For those of you who can't see the photo:
The tool is made of one solid piece of metal shaped like a rectangle on a stick-- protruding from one side of the rectangle is what I would describe as a hammer snout, and from the other is a conical spike. The rectangle has a trapezoidal cutout that looks like it could be used to open bottles (my coworker says he has never tried this.) The handle of the tool has a "waist" at the bottom, making there appear to be an additional hammer snout at the end of the handle.
The most wear is on the pounding-surface of the top hammer, and there are cracks in the narrow part connecting it to the rectangle. The cone is a bit flattened at the tip, as if someone had been hammering with it as well. There is no wear on the hammer shape at the end of the handle, and minimal wear to the bottle-opener cutout.