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    I agree that it is an oakum packing tool used in joining large iron pipes way back in the day - probably before the 40's. There were all kinds of "packers", some bent to the right, some to the left, to get around pipes close to walls and corners. Funky tool - you can improvise with it after cleaning though it probably won't wind up at the top of your tool kit.

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    Hi Buzzpa,
    I like your explanation... although I do not understand ways and slides. My uncle was a machinist, and to me, the polished wear on the corners is consistent with rapid movement.
    I will never use this tool and the next generation will not appreciate it. Is there a market for such a tool?
    Thanks for your help.

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    There seems to be a market for everything. There is an old-tool group in Rockville, MD that has occasional shows/sales of old tools where something like your tools would be displayed for sale. I am sure that there are others all over the country - try Googling to find one near you (and I have an old bottle capper that I want to sell.....)

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    Feel free to list this tool and any others in our Classifieds subforum.

    Posts there will be in front of a lot of eyes each day - belonging to exactly the sort of potential buyer who might take an interest in old and/or unusual tools.

    Ken


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