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I’m cheating — the owner of this tool told me what it was, but I had to ask. He said it was frozen stationary, but he finally managed to loosen it up. The stone on the right-hand side now spins and moves back and forth in an arc when you crank the handle. He mentioned it’s about a hundred years old, but I don’t have any more detail than that.

Post your guesses here before you check out the notes I posted on my Flickr account with an additional picture.

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14 Responses to Name This Tool

  1. mark says:

    A line spooler?

  2. Terry Humphries says:

    It’s sickle sharpener for mowers used to cut hay or grains crops. BTW, if you hover over the image the tooltip gives it away.


  3. rick havoc says:

    nipple tweaker

  4. fred says:

    Scythe sharpener

  5. Chet says:

    It’s a turn of the century Margarita mixer. Soon after it was developed someone thought of the idea to increase the size and make a cement mixer.

  6. bidwell says:

    Old school ice cream maker.
    Get out the rock salt, and prepare to get ice cream elboy!

  7. bidwell says:

    er… elbow.

  8. ryan says:

    A water powered engine?

  9. James says:

    It’s the first version of the Dremel.

  10. Jim says:

    It’s a sycle bar mower sharpener. Blades sections are triangular riveted on a bar. We still use one like this on the farm. It’s only 75 years old or so.

  11. J.R. Bluett says:

    Oops. I though I renamed the picture before I attached it. Next time.

  12. mhardy says:

    Steampunk Ice cream maker

  13. PutnamEco says:

    I think Stan would be a good name, or maybe George.

  14. W Statler says:

    Sickle bar mower, section grinder

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