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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:40 am 
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Hi guys

Wonder if someone out there could help with this?

Whilst I'm far from a diy/tool expert I would like to think I can get by. However this has me stumped!!

I inherited this from my late father in law but I have absolutely no idea what it is, what it's called and where and when I might use it.

Can anyone help please?

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Looks like a gasket scraper used in engine rebuilds.There`s a stop for the thumb and forefinger so as to exert pressure when pushing blade forward.Could be a homemade blade put into a vintage proprietary holder.Even if this was not its purpose,it would certainly be very useful for that use.
I have similar type of scrapers I`ve made up from a section of old engineering shop power-saw blade,and another from putting an edge on the end of a flat file.That tool you have there would be better than my homemade examples because it would be more comfortable to use.


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Looks like a tool to cut holes in plasterboard to me.... pointy tip to get started, short blade to stop hitting any 'wall' behind, 'wings' to prevent going too far in, teeth to cut in both directions..... :dunno:

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Haven't got a clue. Looks vaguely 60s "Spiralux" to me for some reason.


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Dave54 wrote:
Haven't got a clue.



Nor me, and I've been looking at it for days now, the only thing I could come up with is for cutting cheese curds, but I'm sure it's not as it's too short, (unless this was just for home production on a small scale and then it might work).

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ayjay wrote:
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Haven't got a clue.



Nor me, and I've been looking at it for days now, the only thing I could come up with is for cutting cheese curds, but I'm sure it's not as it's too short, (unless this was just for home production on a small scale and then it might work).


It itches at the back of my brain. I've seen one at a car boot or something I'm sure. (I nearly always say that to these things because I used to always be at car boots etc. before they became a load of plastic tat.)

I take it that's a replaceable blade?
And what are the "guards" for?
As a finger rest, or as a guide?


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I had a look, nearest thing I could come up with is a upholstery tool


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Bob225 wrote:
I had a look, nearest thing I could come up with is a upholstery tool

That got me looking.
Like this?
http://ebay.to/2GDNJyQ
Certainly similar. . .


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Hi guys

Thanks for all your suggestions - all appreciated.

Chemfree - you could be onto something there. I should have said in my original post that the father in law worked on industrial printing presses. Your rationale could apply to scraping old ink off rollers I suppose?

Kellys_eye - Fair comment but the tip of the tool is too blunt and teeth are more like ridges. Theres no way they're cutting anything. I appreciate the suggestion though

Dave54 - :wtf: is Spiralux :dunno: :wink:

Ayjay - Could be but it was stored alongside chisels and has some rust on it so I not convinced it was for food use

Dave54 (Again) - Yes the blade is replaceable

Bob225 - I like your style. In fact one of the guys I work with, his father used to be an upholsterer but he didnt recognise it from days gone by ::b

The only other suggestion I had is something to do with opening shellfish. The father in law did a lot of fishing but I dont remember any stories regarding shellfish. In my defence he did have a lot of stories!!

Thanks to all who have contributed :salute:


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Spiralux was a tool maker at one time.
I thought it looked a bit like their style of tools.

Let us know if you find out what is is!


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Dave54 wrote:
Spiralux was a tool maker at one time.
I thought it looked a bit like their style of tools.

Let us know if you find out what is is!



Crown also used that sort of handle but copied a lot by the Chinese

Was your dad a gardener ? some sort of weeding or potting tool ?


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Eah_Dunno wrote:
Hi guys

Wonder if someone out there could help with this?

Whilst I'm far from a diy/tool expert I would like to think I can get by. However this has me stumped!!

I inherited this from my late father in law but I have absolutely no idea what it is, what it's called and where and when I might use it.

Can anyone help please?

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I think that looks like an old jab saw. It's used for cutting holes jipsom / drywall board.

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