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    Mystery tool

    I inherited these and I don't know what they are for. Anybody?


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    Parkinson MFG used to make all kinds of tweezers those wide bladed ones with the spike on the end may have been used like a third hand.
    Push the spike into a piece of wood then slide a ring up the body of the tool to hold it in a clamped position
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    Could be. I had no idea and I'm not familiar with Parkinson Mfg. I did a little research online and determined that they are no longer in business.

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    Please, next time, put a size reference in the picture.

    They remind me of two items I've seen in the past...

    Splinter tweezers used to remove splinters from flesh as well as from other materials such as cloth.

    Similarly, tweezers used to remove fine bones from fish fillets.

    Depending on size, they could be antique flush nippers used for anything that needed flush nipping. If they looked a bit more modern, I would have guessed that and the spike used to open solder-filled holes.

    Have you tried a search-by-images on Google images?
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    You are correct in that I should have provided a size reference. I intended to but forgot when I took the pics. They are 5" long from tip of point to the tweezer end and approx. 7/8" across the blades of the tweezer end.

    I did some thinking over the last day and remembered that this guy was a serious fisherman, mostly bass but he may have done some fly fishing too. I wonder if these were used in tying flies. What do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Floradawg View Post
    I did some thinking over the last day and remembered that this guy was a serious fisherman, mostly bass but he may have done some fly fishing too. I wonder if these were used in tying flies. What do you think?
    They look a bit heavy-duty for fly tying and a look through Google images with "fly tying tools" as a search term doesn't show anything similar.
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    Dunno. Just a thought that came to my mind. This guy was not a do-it-yourselfer as in repairing things. The only other interests he had that I know of were writing stories to be published in outdoor magazines, and a few of them were published, and possibly game bird hunting which he wrote about. I think he owned a shotgun but no rifles that I know of.
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    I think they are for maintenance of shoes for horses.

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    Yes Marv, I did look at Google images but didn't really learn anything. Sorry for the delay. I just saw your post.

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