New what is it question.
I bought a meat fork at a yard sale. It also came with a knife. The fork
has two tines. Both items have nice bone or antler handles. They look like
they are probably fifty years old.
On the meat fork, there is a folding thingus just up from the handle. It
moves ninety degrees. It is wishboned shape just like the meat fork. It
folds up or down. When folded down, it lays along the handle. When folded
up, it is at a ninety to the handle. When it is folded up, you can sit the
fork down, and the two points of the wishbone and the end of the horn handle
keep the two tines off the surface you sit it on. This is the only use I
can think of for the moveable piece.
Is that what it is used for, or does the piece have another/other uses?
I am amazed once again at the things that I can learn here. Thanks for the
info. My MIL and I were just discussing it. She is 86, and didn't know
what it was for either. I figured something that old, that she would surely
I love usenet.
If it's like ours, it's far older than 50 years. Ours was given to us by
my husband's mother; it had been passed down to her from her grandmother.
I'd be curious as to what yours looks like. Do you have photos?
Hi, Glenna Rose.
Sounds similar to the one my mother has. Sometimes, if you have an awkward
shaped piece of meat, such as a whole ham, it's easier to carve taking
horizontal slices, rather than the more usual vertical ones. To do this,
most right-handed people would stab the fork in horizontally from the left,
hold it in their left hand, then carve towards it from right to left with
the knife. In this situation you are working the cutting edge towards your
left, and if the knife slips, it's apt to ride up the fork and be guided by
it straight into your left hand.
If you hinge up the little guard, it will stop the knife reaching your hand
in the event of a slip.
Look at the back. There should be a 3/8" hole in the center.
Loosen the three black screws (only one shows in the photo, to
the right of the lock tab). The counter will lift off. Then you should
be able to lift the knob free of the back. You will find room in the
back of the knob to accommodate the 3/8" diameter mounting bushing of a
potentiometer, a flat washer, and a thin nut -- the kind normally used
for mounting pots and rotary switches on old electronic equipment.
Now -- in the back of the knob should be a 1/4" hole, and there
should be two setscrews at the back of the knob (probably hidden by the
skirt) which can be tightened by a long skinny Allen wrench to lock the
knob onto the 1/4" shaft of the potentiometer.
When the knob is mounted on the shaft, turn it fully CCW. Reach
into the back of the counter mechanism, and turn the gear there until
the counter reaches zero, slide it back onto the base with the screws
passing into the slots in the skirt, and tighten the screws. At this
point, your knob should read "000" with the pot fully CCW, and some
value when the pot (it should be a 10-turn one) fully CW. Ideally, it
should read "999", but based on your counting the turns vs digits, it
probably won't. (Unless you were determining a full turn by a visible
hole for a setscrew, and missed the fact that there are two at about 90
degrees separation in the knob.
I *have* used this kind of knob, though more recently I have
mostly used the more shallow versions which I described in my last
quoted paragraph above. IIRC, the photographed style, I last saw in
*new* use around 1960, used to build things like temperature controllers
for test ovens for semiconductors which had to meet tight specs.
If you have no future need for it once the contest is over, I
might be interested in acquiring it from you. I have not seen that
style for a long time.
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