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FlyingHammer 07-31-2011 03:09 PM

Name that tool
Any ideas on the purpose of this tool? It's about 15" long and spring loaded, and very heavy duty. There's a ball on one of the jaws that fits into a hole on the other. The inside diameter of the hole is about the size of a quarter. The ball is about 1/8" smaller than the inside of the hole, so it doesn't touch the sides of the hole when compressed. The only "clue" I have as to the purpose is that I found it in the basement of a former plumber.

DangerMouse 07-31-2011 03:36 PM

Grommet fastener.
Just a guess though.


FlyingHammer 07-31-2011 03:54 PM

Nope. This doesn't seem like it would create enough force to set a grommet.

merle 07-31-2011 04:22 PM

It is a stretcher used to stretch shoes so they do not rub against a corn on your toe.

FlyingHammer 07-31-2011 05:00 PM

Looks like we have a winner!. :thumbsup:

I guessed it was for putting a dimple in leather, but shoes never occurred to me.

Mr Chips 07-31-2011 05:05 PM

I thought he was joking
Bunion Pliers

learn something new everyday.

Thurman 08-02-2011 06:56 PM

These were also used for people, generally men, who had "Gout". Gout attacks would create a very tender, sore, spot usually at the joint where the big toe joins the foot. By creating a "outward bump-shaped area" at this point of the shoe, the wearer could better tolerate having the shoe on. Ask me how I know this :thumbup:

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