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HokieKen

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10-18-2021 01:19 PM

My mom was going through some of the stuff she “inherited” from my grandfather recently. She typically gives me first shot at any tools so when she found this, she brought it to me and asked me what it’s for. I told her that I’m not sure but I’ll try to figure it out.

Best I can tell, it is missing a piece. You can see in the last photo that the end of the little rod that retracts the tip and closes the “pinchers” is threaded and the handle piece is hollow. I feel pretty sure it would have originally had another rod that slid through the handle and threaded onto the mechanism so you could push/pull it to open and close the device. Don’t know that for sure but that’s my instinct… Anyway, here it is:

It sorta reminds me of screwdrivers I have that have similar pinchers to grab the heads of really small screws to hold them on the driver while starting them but the little piece the pinchers pull against on this one is just a small round tip so it wouldn’t work for that. I feel like I’ve probably seen something similar used in either lutherie or piano tuning/making tool boxes in the past but I’m not sure.

Anybody know what this is? I would love to settle my own curiousity and answer my mom. Then the two of us can ponder why in the heck my grandfather had one ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 10-18-2021 01:31 PM

Nevermind… about 60 seconds after posting this I remembered where I had seen similar tools. It wasn’t for musical instruments, it was for clocks. This little guy is used for pulling the hands off the hub of a clock.

Thanks anyways :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 10-18-2021 01:48 PM

You’re Welcome. Mini-gear puller.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 10-18-2021 02:30 PM

You should have let us suffer for a little bit longer Kenny. I like a challenge.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 10-18-2021 02:52 PM

If you want a challenge Andy, find me an answer that doesn’t involve clocks ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 10-18-2021 02:58 PM

I was gonna say, at looking at the pic, looked like something from my first job in high school at a jeweler/clock repair shop. I never used it, I mainly changed batteries and bands, but we had one guy that actually repaired clocks and watches.

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#6 posted 10-18-2021 04:19 PM

Now we (you) just have to figure out why your grandfather had one

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 10-18-2021 04:48 PM

That part was actually pretty easy once I figured out what it was Nathan. I think my grandparents left about 60 clocks when they passed, most of them antique ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#8 posted 10-18-2021 05:47 PM

dangit I was going to go with vintage tooth puller

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#9 posted 10-18-2021 07:48 PM

well it looks like the clock was ticking on that post!

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 10-18-2021 07:54 PM

Give it to Earl for use with his clock-mallet combo tool!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#11 posted 10-18-2021 08:20 PM



dangit I was going to go with vintage tooth puller

- Notw

Victorian kidney stone puller.

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#12 posted 10-18-2021 09:32 PM


If you want a challenge Andy, find me an answer that doesn t involve clocks ;-)

- HokieKen

Angle finder, now you just have to find the missing piece, or mill one yourself.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#13 posted 10-18-2021 09:42 PM



Give it to Earl for use with his clock-mallet combo tool!

- JohnMcClure


+1

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 10-18-2021 10:05 PM

Catheter installation tool

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 10-19-2021 01:15 AM

That was easy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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