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WAG - something to do with processing leather. Stretching it to a shape, like leather buttons, or similar.
 
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I was going to guess clay modelling tools...They look very similar to these icing tools:

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Nancy Reading wrote:I was going to guess clay modelling tools...

I think people would re-purpose the same concept-tools to many "shaping" activities, regardless of the original purpose! Someone related to my in-laws used to do that copper 3D picture hobby that is mostly extinct, but I could see similar tools would have been required for it also.
 
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Those look like ball jointers, but I am not familiar with the two tools on the leftmost side.

I'm guessing handheld brick masonry tools. A lovely looking set at that.
 
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Nope, nope, nope and nope. I first thought metal embossing tools but they are not.
 
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Metal spinning tools?
 
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No, not spinning tools but I can see the remblance, in a small scale.  More traditonally for making something for the ladies.
 
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Scale? What sort of diameters are we looking at for the smallest and largest balls?

Are the two tools on the left actually sharp?
 
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Bookbinders tools? (Though that’s not a traditionally femme craft…)
 
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Not bookbinding, Not sharp enough to cut but sharp enough to crease, used to shape but not shape leather.
 
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My wife says paper-embossing.
 
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I initially thought embossing too, but no. Think Kentucky Derby couture.
 
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Shaping hats, or silk flowers for hats?
 
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Absolutely right, tools for shaping silk flowers for hats, or anything else I guess.  
 
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Robert Ray wrote:Absolutely right, tools for shaping silk flowers for hats, or anything else I guess.  

Believe it or not, about 40 years ago, in Japan, a friend helped me make some silk cherry blossoms. We only used the tool on the far left in your picture, and my memory says that it was actually heated.
The display has since adopted some small glass chicks from Europe at the bottom and some larger feather chickens in the branches of the Cherry tree, but it's been a long time since I did that!
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While exploring Winemucca today I found this in the thrift store and I have no idea what it is so I didn't buy it...

What am I missing out on?

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Side of croissant press?
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What you are missing out on is the crank and possibly slicing blade .   :D

Slices a lot of things. let me see if I can find a video
 
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Weird. I can't find video or even a decent picture. There's a blade in it, grater or slicer, that turns with a crank on  top. The top arm pushes down on the food as it gets cut up.
I have seen probably 50 of those in thrift stores over the years. Everyone I knew as a child had one, standard kitchen item.
 
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My mom had one and we used it all the time. It had at least 2 sizes of round grater blades that slid into the bottom of the "croissant" shape. It had a handle to rotate the blade and we squeezed the plunger part to keep pressure on the food.
 
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I just bought a manual food processor yesterday, how crazy!
 
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I have a modern japanese version of one of these for slicing veggies (and making noodle type things out of daikon, carrots, zucchini) but never saw this one, i love it!

Question, from someone who comes from a family that didn't cook (before me, anyway): did people use it for grating cheese, or for grating/slicing everything?
What do you remember your folks using it to do?
 
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Tereza Okava wrote:What do you remember your folks using it to do?

I remember that grating enough carrot for a carrot and apple salad was hard work. (but my hands are small) My middle sister was the "kitchen kid", I'll ask her.

A friend has one of those "noodle shape" veggie slicers, but it is quite fussy about the size and shape of veggie that she feeds into it. They make for a really fun meal though.
 
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yeah, the "zoodle" slicers are really persnickety in terms of size and texture. They're great in very specific circumstances.

It's funny the things we remember from childhood. I do remember my mother baking and needing her flour sifted, and the sifter being ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for me to work with kiddie hands. (to this day I almost never sift, but you can be bet my sifter is slightly more user friendly, lol)
 
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Tereza Okava wrote:I do remember my mother baking and needing her flour sifted, and the sifter being ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for me to work with kiddie hands. (to this day I almost never sift, but you can be bet my sifter is slightly more user friendly, lol)

Flour now comes "pre-sifted". It makes me wonder what they do to it to accomplish this? Is this one more thing we'd actually be better off if it hadn't been invented?
 
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i have my doubts (about pre-sifted flour and EVERYTHING ELSE). supposedly it means it's sifted before they pack it but.... i've been to flour mills. it's sifted in the process. even if you sift it again ("multi-sifted"??), it gets packed and tamped and whatever during packaging--- still probably better sifted when using.

Reminds me of the "Now Gluten-Free!!" packaging I saw lately on something that normally has no gluten-- like butter or Coke or something....
 
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From my sister:

I remember the carrots and potatoes for carrot pudding.  Cheese as well.

My mom made an awesome Christmas pudding... wish my current omnivores would eat it!
 
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What kind of knife is this?
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Bill Hook of some sort - like for cutting out old raspberry canes from a patch?

Size?
 
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No but it probably would work great for that. Button on the obverse side to open quickly when needed. Vient de France
 
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Bale string cutter?
 
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Nope not for hay bales but it would work for that too. Close with the word bale/bail
 
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A belt webbing cutter, often used by permies who refurbish front porch rocking chairs while sipping on iced tea watching summer air shows hoping to see pilots eject?
 
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HMMM pilots ejecting so very close........I guess close enough, that is a French paratrooper knife for cutting parachute lines should the need arise. Je vous tire mon chapeau.
 
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OK, I'm about to pretzel this game a little. I'm betting everyone recognizes this tool:



But the question is, "what did Jay suggest Hubby should try using the tool for?"

It worked!
 
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Jay: good question!
Was he working with animals, vegetables, or machines? or other?

Cleaning the deposits out of a radiator is an odd thing I've seen them used for. They'd work for grabbing something that can't be reached like down a storm drain, or under a fence; to pull a piece of wire through a conduit; and hopefully not any veterinary use! Oooh,some icky visuals there...
 
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Jay Angler wrote:OK, I'm about to pretzel this game a little. I'm betting everyone recognizes this tool:


You lose! I've no idea :) can you please give me a clue?
 
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Nancy: It's a drain cleaner called a Drain Snake. Small diameter flexible metal "snake" comes out, it turns with the crank. Good for sink blockages. Smaller brother of a full sewer snake. They can be powered by a drill, or just by hand crank, depending on the type.

 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:Jay: good question!
Was he working with animals, vegetables, or machines? or other?

I was working with a common machine and part of it wasn't working properly. Hubby tried to take over the fix, but complained that the shape made it difficult. I suggested he try the snake.

Pearl's list of possibles is awesome - keep the ideas coming people!
 
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