As you can see, John is looking for some help.
My GF's brother sent me these photos of a mysterious tool . Looks
for pulling on all sorts of stuff, but what was its INTENDED use?
"I have had this thing in my tool chest for as long as I can remember.
have no idea how I acquired it, have never used it, and don't know
is for. If you know what it is, please let me know. It is driving me
"Only visible marking is "Made in Japan". Only one of the finger rings
moves, and when it is squeezed closed, the cam shaped pieces come
tightly as to grip something. Total size is about 2.5" x 2.5".
"Correct answer (or best guess) wins you a prize.
"Thanks for playing!
John ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us
On Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:57:40 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
AHAH!!!! It is for pulling the needle through sailcloth. You push the
tip of the needle through, then grip the needle with the tool to pull
it through. I'm sure I've seen it (or a similar tool) used for that
kind of use - perhaps in harness-making to pull the needle through
On Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:02:47 AM UTC-5, woodchucker wrote:
And Cl suggested wire puller.
Looks like stainless steel, but the Japanese did lots of small items of chr
ome, especially during the Occupied Japan period and that chrome idea conti
nued to prevail some years after Japan was no longer occupied. I tend to
agree it's some sort of bender or puller and, since it's small, it may be f
or some miniature work, such as for model planes, railroads, etc. Stretch
ing it: Maybe even a fish hook bender, for when a hook is straightened from
use.... *Japan is historically a "fishing" nation... since it's small, com
pact, readily handy.
Then there's a whole other school of thought.... Are we sure the rings are
for fingers, to be inserted into? The rings may be guide rings for some ot
her pointed(?) finger-like(?) "probe", to be guided or held in a limited po
Otherwise, it's a fingers exerciser, for texting competitors, especially if
the moveable ring unit is spring loaded.
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