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2012-11-12 02:01:03 PM

BarkingUnicorn: What Is It? 

"I've been collecting unusual tools and other objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started this project of posting them on the web as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are."

Fun!


Cool site - I'm a fan of precision hand tools. It's amazing what kind of work went into some hand tools, before the addition of power.
 
2012-11-12 02:03:09 PM

Radak: Some interesting tools in there, but then again, I bet a lot of Farkers use a number of tools most people would scratch their heads at.

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My mother has no use for this, and never will.


Looks like a crimping tool. I have some rather odd looking crimping tools for various applications.
 
2012-11-12 02:08:22 PM
Parmenius: I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.

Ohh snap, you got the adze.

// and the power chisel, seems like it would be very useful in getting rid of old tiles.
 
2012-11-12 02:17:11 PM
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2012-11-12 03:16:34 PM
Can't you download apps for most of those?
 
2012-11-12 03:35:53 PM
I have an axe with an adze on one side, it's actually very useful as someone said for cutting/digging up roots and the like.
 
2012-11-12 04:10:09 PM

Intoxoman: Nuclear Monk: I was looking for a Super Saw for a couple of my house projects (or rather, the concept of one...I didn't know they existed until this article). Always had to make due with other, less elegant approaches.

Home Depot used to rent jamb saws, probably still do. I would advise care in use, they have no guard.


The Super Saw is much less finger hungry due to the offset, opposing handles. I used to know a carpenter who said 'it's called a jam saw because that's what it does right before it takes your hand off'.
 
2012-11-12 05:15:06 PM
thrasherrr:

Intoxoman: Nuclear Monk: I was looking for a Super Saw for a couple of my house projects (or rather, the concept of one...I didn't know they existed until this article). Always had to make due with other, less elegant approaches.

Home Depot used to rent jamb saws, probably still do. I would advise care in use, they have no guard.

The Super Saw is much less finger hungry due to the offset, opposing handles. I used to know a carpenter who said 'it's called a jam saw because that's what it does right before it takes your hand off'.


And then it's raspberry jam all over?
 
2012-11-12 05:51:24 PM

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.


I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say they were gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women.
 
2012-11-12 06:13:20 PM
Tyrosine:

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.

I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say they were gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women.


Dead Ringers, if you want to spend a very disturbing evening.
 
2012-11-12 06:18:10 PM
Tyrosine:

quatchi: [www.thestranger.com image 500x296]

Obscure on Fark, nothing is.

/Hot, however still happens.

I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say they were gynecological instruments for operating on mutant women.

Dead Ringers, if you want to spend a very disturbing evening.


I'd also add that if you invite your sweetie over to watch that with you, don't expect to get any for a few days.

Just saying.
 
2012-11-12 06:41:34 PM

love_alice: Most guys have no use for a Hitachi Magic Wand.

I use mine a lot!


With the right attachment you can use it as a power chisel.
 
2012-11-12 06:44:15 PM
love_alice:

Most guys have no use for a Hitachi Magic Wand.

I use mine a lot!


Your boyfriend sucks. There are many uses for Hitachi Magic Wands.
 
2012-11-12 08:28:07 PM
A good Scrabble word: a seaman's tool for working large rope (hawser). Usually a wooden cone you use like a marlinspike on larger material... It's called a fid. A more 'specialized' tool is used for ply-split braiding - a gripfid.

Before I changed jobs in the Navy, I was stationed on an amphib ship. They were getting ready to change the rules and stop 'frapping' lines the old fashioned way. It wasn't my department, but I volunteered - I was one of the last to get to do it. You put on a safety harness with a line tied to you, and you step over the rail and straddle one of the triple lines that go down to the pier (On our ship that was about 90' up off the fo'c'sle. There's a safety rope lashed under - and in a good wind/waves the ropes are opening and closing (trying to crush your junk) and you're getting swung up/down/sideways. You slide down the line to the pier - making half hitches every 8-10" with 'small stuff': nylon line so you can gauge/adjust the lines so they're all taking the same strain, losing a good chunk of skin/meat on your inner thighs... Good times :)

/been decades since I touched a draw-shave, froe, or adze. They were really good at what the were designed for - and built to last. My parents had a bunch of old farm and carpentry tools when I was a kid... wish I'd paid attention to where they put some of them - like the lard press.
 
2012-11-12 09:26:04 PM

SmokeyS: Epic brag


My cousin has been planting them all his life.
Our family made millions in coal and Iron.
He inherited 6.5 mil. and reclaims strip mined land with the money.
 
2012-11-12 09:27:30 PM

SteelDraco: and not come back until I had a bag full of thistle heads


I got paid by the unbroken roots.
 
2012-11-12 10:57:58 PM

Gortex: Parmenius: I have an adze. It's good for taking out shrubs and roots.

I'm pretty sure what you have is a Mattock, then. Two adze blades, with one turned 90 degrees. One of the most useful garden tools I've ever come across.


I had to check - you're right, it's a mattock. Good call!
 
2012-11-12 11:13:04 PM

vudukungfu: SmokeyS: Epic brag

My cousin has been planting them all his life.
Our family made millions in coal and Iron.
He inherited 6.5 mil. and reclaims strip mined land with the money.


Now you're just rubbing it in!
 
2012-11-13 01:12:29 AM
This thread made me take down the scythe and dance around with it a bit, probably scaring the hell out of the neighbors. After a few tweaks on the secondary handles I found out two things:

A) it requires a hell of a lot of upper body strength.
B) whoever curves scythe handles has at least as much talent as piano benders.
 
2012-11-13 03:15:42 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: A good Scrabble word: a seaman's tool for working large rope (hawser). Usually a wooden cone you use like a marlinspike on larger material... It's called a fid. A more 'specialized' tool is used for ply-split braiding - a gripfid.


Similar tools, with the same names, are used in leatherworking - I use a fid when I'm braiding leather, to pick & tighten braids. Comes in handy.
 
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