"Rob H." wrote in message
I need some help with 3179 in this set:
3175 is a penknife pretending to be a two dimensional bullet.
3177 is for splitting twin core cable I think.
The others are obviously fencing tools.
3175 Remington bullet key fob, file
3176 wish I had better pics, but it looks like something to cut parallel
lines, maybe in tape
3177 An electrician line splitter. Used to separate the leads of lamp
wire or romex.
3178 Quick release tie down. Stick a loop of rope through, catch it in
the grip, when you want to release pull the levers.
3179 Can lid crimper, rolls and crimps the lid on a can.
3180 Fence tool :-)
Correct on the key fob, though it's not a file, and it does have another
Someone sent in the photos. It's not for cutting lines.
Yes, this tool says Bell System on the other side
Here is the owner's description of it:
"I got it from a container of mixed metal for recycling (essentially
someone was throwing it out). When the handle compresses, the wheel
with the teeth turns, and there is a ratcheting mechanism. The wire
lever can be pressed to lift off the wheel a bit, presumably to slip
something under the wheel area. My guess is that is is used to secure
plastic or wire strapping for large shipping crates/boxes."
I think I'm actually out of fence tools for the moment. I've got a book that
pictures almost 900 fence tools and I have only posted a small fraction of them,
so I'm sure I'll find more in the future.
Posting from the usenet newsgroup rec.crafts.metalworking as
always. (And, for "Stormin' Mormon', also from my Lay-Z-Boy in my
living room. :-)
3175) Hmm ... while it is in the shape of a rifle cartridge (likely
a 30-06), the "Cutlery" on there suggests that it is for use int
he dining room or kitchen.
It could be a lever for prying open things like jars of
marmalade or something similar.
Or (if the surface of the bullet end is correct), it Could be
for sharpening knives -- say if the surface has diamond grit
embedded in it.
3176) Too few views, and too few images from the patent page.
At a guess, there are blades between each of the sliding metal
pieces shown in "Fig 3", and when you press down hard enough the
blades come out to cut through whatever is being held flat.
Based on the handle, it could be for use in the kitchen, and it
could be used for cutting luncheon meats into strips similar to
pasta for going in some kind of meat salad.
3177) If the shape of the recesses and projections were a bit
different, it could be a crimper -- but the projection seems to
be a pointed blade, so it is more likely to be for something
off-the-wall (for me, at least) like splitting a twig so a graft
of another plant into it could be made.
Or -- for slitting tubing (soft metal like copper, or rubber or
vinyl) to make intentional leaks for spraying water, or perhaps
drawing a wire through one of the notches, to split the
insulation in preparation for wiring.
O.K. Strike the copper tubing -- the blades are slanted to cut
in one direction.
In any case -- it is not a commercial product. The notches were
formed by either filing by hand, or perhaps a small "point"
(mounted stone in a high speed device like a Dremel, or a
compressed air driven die grinder).
Whether the hinge and pin are commercial, or are good work by an
individual I'm not sure.
And it could either be held closed by hand (in which case I
would expect longer handles), or by a vise.
3178) Mounts on a wooden panel, and accepts leather harness rigging
for a horse-drawn vehicle. Quick disconnect by pinching the two
3179) Other than the lack of a cut-off blade at the end, it looks
like a tool for tightening nylon cable ties.
3180) A hand-operated tool for filing an end at right angles to
a round piece of workstock -- wood or metal depending on the
Now to post this and see what others have suggested.
Posting from my desk top PC in the living room as
always. BTW, my news reader doesn't seem to get
rc Metalworking any more. Not a big loss, the flame
wars got boring. I do get RC Puzzles, which is fine.
3175, might be a .30-06 shell that got left on a rail
3176, might be a meat tenderizer.
3177, my first thought was a crimping tool. But with
the sharp tooth point, maybe splitting, or opening of
3178, wall mounted broom handle holder
3179, don't know
3180, don't know
3175 I wonder if I am the only one who finds the concept of a
pocketknife size tool to open a pocketknife a little bit amusing.
3176 I had decided that the nooks and crannies and all the places to
catch stuff made this inappropriate for use with food, for example as a
meat tenderizer. Wrong again.
3178 Interesting. Well beyond my range of experience.
On 5/9/2014 5:39 PM, Rob H. wrote:
When I was a kid,I had a swiss army knife (cheap
knock off). It ws so totally dificult to get the
blades open, I used some string and tied on a flat
steel key I had from some where. Made it a lot
easier to open the blades.
Look forward to reading the rest of the answers
when Rob posts them.
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