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Old 07-31-2011, 03:09 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 07-31-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Grommet fastener.
Just a guess though.

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Old 07-31-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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Nope. This doesn't seem like it would create enough force to set a grommet.
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It is a stretcher used to stretch shoes so they do not rub against a corn on your toe.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:00 PM   #5
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Looks like we have a winner!.

I guessed it was for putting a dimple in leather, but shoes never occurred to me.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:05 PM   #6
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I thought he was joking
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:56 PM   #7
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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

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