The blades appear to be 2" in diameter, like a lemon. The keyed stand
could keep the bottom of a cup centered and keep it from turning. If
there were a grating plate 1/2" or so above the bottom of the cup, the
blades could press a lemon half while forcing it to turn against the
One can grate a lemon on a cheese grater, but that can make a mess,
possibly a bloody one.
I didn't use any other resources. It reminded me of a ordinary
pipe-reamer as used in plumbing except it's shape obviously excluded it
from that context. It did occur to me that the shape of the device
would allow for alternatel sized "cutters". I did a little more
homework, last night but not nearly as much as you. If you found a
picture of it being used, then I'd say we got it!
That was a 'hypothetical'. I wanted to see how mobile the
'goal posts' were. :)
As Jim mentioned, it looks like we were wrong and #2283 is
probably a labor saving tool for the kitchen.
Other Kalian items sporting the same hallmark format:
It doesn't seem likely that a kitchenware manufacturer
would also sell 'smoking tools'.
Oh Well! :)
Ok, then. It might be helpful in cutting the pulp out of a grapefruit,
orange or lemon?
A size scale would be most helpful here.
Perhaps Rob would favor us with a picture including a scale?
http://55tools.blogspot.com/ Item 2283
Often, I'm surprised at the real size of a 'What is it?' entry.
The concave feature in the existing base appears to
accommodate a protrusion so you could be right.
The owner of it sent me this photo with a ruler next to it:
As I mentioned on the site, the clearance under the blades is 2-1/4".
I agree that it's probably a kitchen tool but it doesn't make sense to me
that there is a hole in the blade part, and I don't know what the wire is
for. I think part of it might be missing, maybe something fits in the slot
on the base. One other possibility for it is an ice crusher, can't remember
if someone here already guessed that or not.
This picture clearly shows an adjustment collar that sets the
maximum axial 'depth of cut'. I hadn't noticed that before.
Their appears to be a journal bearing supporting the shaft to
maintain alignment, so that one hand can support the citrus and
the other hand can twist and rotate the squeezer blades using
the top knob.
Yes, you did say.
If it is a lime squeezer, that spring-loaded wire would automatically
eject the skin as soon as the blades were retracted from the fruit.
Sounds messy. Plus the bottom support does not look stout enough
to withstand the force.
What if the tool were used thusly:
Screwed into a benchtop. a short reservoir is placed under the
An ice pick is driven axially into the bottom
of a lime and it's top is sliced off.
The lime protrusion is placed in the recess and the blade
assembly is run into the fruit.
Juice runs out the hole in the bottom of the lime as
the blades squeeze it from the inside.
It looks like it would make a dandy lime juicer, even if it
was not originally designed with that purpose in mind.
Perhaps the owner would want to test that theory?
As the cutters push into the fruit, a portion of the
pulp would depress the central spring. Maximum travel
of the spring happens when the cutters have finished.
As the cutters are retracted, the central spring applies
pressure on the pulp which creates a gap between the
cutters and the inside of the fruit.
Thank you for _What is it?_ Rob. It is highly entertaining!
I think the pick hole would clog and the rind would become a cup of
juice and pulp.
Two ordinary approaches would be cheaper and quicker. A citrus squeezer
is a hand-held hinged device where you put the half-fruit over a dome
and mash it with a cup. A citrus juicer is a dome with ridges like
longitude lines. You press the half-fruit on and twist.
The mystery device reminds me of my Foley applesauce maker, which may be
a century old. It's a sort of pan designed to put atop another pan.
The bottom is an upward-pointing cone of perforated steel. After all
these decades, the perforations still feel sharp from the top, so it
grates cooked, cut apples.
The blade looks like a blade from an outboard propeller. It pushes the
soft pieces down and around against the grater. A wire whisker is also
attached to the shaft. It scrapes the underside of the grater.
If the mystery item is a grater similar to my applesauce maker, it's for
something grated in much smaller quantities than applesauce. The blades
would be to push, grip, and turn something with a tough skin. Perhaps a
springy whisker has broken off the wire piece.
I've decided it probably wasn't for grating citrus fruit. The oily
outside is desirable, but I understand the pith is bitter... unless
somebody wanted grated pith... to stop ants?
I used to be a pipe smoker and I can't imagine using such a terrifying-
looking tool on one! ;-)
I also can't imagine why a fruit pitter would have what looks like blades
to cut the item into segments. I've seen pitted olives, pitted plums, and
even pitted dates, and they weren't segmented. Do cranberries have pits?
So, I guess I'm not much help either. )-;
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