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Title: An old farming or household tool
Post by: Jet Cash on August 26, 2019, 09:32:03 AM
I picked up this old tool the other day, and at the moment, I have no idea of it's purpose. Some have suggested that it is a ploughing attachment, and some that it is a boot scraper. Neither of these ideas really seem to be compatible with its construction. What do its purpose was?

(http://jazzpics.com/_data/i/upload/2019/08/26/20190826032240-0cbabd5b-me.jpg)
Title: Re: An old farming or household tool
Post by: jackg on August 26, 2019, 04:34:57 PM
Maybe something a brick layer would use?

The large blade could be used to spread mortar and a handle to knock the bricks into place. The long bits could be used as a guide to ensure the bricks line up...

Unless that is a hinge in it at the base of the handle in which case it could do quite a lot more...
Title: Re: An old farming or household tool
Post by: Jet Cash on August 27, 2019, 08:44:11 AM
It's not very clear from the picture, but the billhook like section has a cutting edge. The isn't a hinge.

I discussed it with a countryman yesterday, and he thinks it may have been used for splitting ash branches. I'm going to see him today, and he will have a look at the actual tool. He has also offered me a collection of old tools, so I am interested to see what is in that collection. Maybe I should start an old tools site. :)
Title: Re: An old farming or household tool
Post by: jackg on August 30, 2019, 06:37:54 PM
Did he give you anything more as to what it could be? A branch cutter certainly sounds more like it if it has a sharp edge...
Title: Re: An old farming or household tool
Post by: Jet Cash on January 24, 2020, 04:46:46 PM
The old tools were rusty and no use.

He thinks it is a custom made too,and designed by a woodsman. He seems to have modified a bill hook to create the tool.