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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This was my conch tenderizer in my club in Jamaica from mid 70's - 80's. Never gave any thought as to what it's original use was. Never had a handle on it but would guess it would be 30-35 cm. A handle with a 1 1/2 kg head on the end seems a bit much for tenderizing steaks. Works great on conch with no handle.
    Any ideas as to original use?

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      I am thinking it was originally a meat tenderizer. The head is just a bit longer than normal.
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Fort, I've figured that was the case but the weight (plus a handle) would do serious pounding. That's almost a 2lb sledge hammer, with teeth! Next time I make a pastrami, I'll use the handle from my 2 lb sledge & see if there is anything left worth cooking. It just seems too heavy for beating -- meat! LOL!! I just can't help but think that there's another purpose. Maybe checkering a hard surface before gluing?
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      A commercial item then ?? Made out of ????
    4. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      It is a "boucharde" hammer for stone working!
    5. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Here is the work result:
    6. frisco frisco, 7 years ago
      I think this is one of those "either or use tools"; My first guess was a meat tenderizer, but Kyratango also has a good possibility. I have never seen this trademark logo on the top of it, and that will probably seal the deal. It is a trademark logo is it not? Or is it just a casting mark?
    7. frisco frisco, 7 years ago
      I missed reading kyratango's #2 link, and now have little doubt your hammer head started life as a "boucharde" hammer. Good work kyratango!
    8. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Thanks Frisco, I'm French and have no translation for boucharde !
      With a proper handle, it would make a great back scratcher ;-D
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Kyra, by Jove, I think you got it! I would never have thought of that. Found it after searching for months & when I picked it up, I thought, "This can't be for tenderizing". Thanks.
      Vetra, I thought it was cast iron but hasn't rusted any & thinking forged now. Really hard. Frisco, it is a trademark. Great for pounding conch & use it & a chunk of lead as dumbells also. Now, how do I research stone hammer trademarks?
    10. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      So, Bb2.... Happy? ;-)
    11. hotairfan hotairfan, 7 years ago
      nice piece Blunderbuss2, even though it started life as a stone hammer, You suited it for your purpose. That's the neat thing about early tools, their usage is only limited by the imagination of the owner
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Yeah, Kyra. Just now noticing that the teeth on 1 face is finer than the other. Really observant, eh?
    13. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Really! One face for conch, one for clams?
      I found the english name for boucharde, bush hammer :-)
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Bush hammer? Who hammers bushes. Sounds painful. Maybe in Git-mo.
    15. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      No idea but as you said a good meat tenderiser
    16. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      AZ, you're a little late to the party ! Have to admit that I was truly surprised when it's real purpose was revealed .
    17. AzTom AzTom, 7 years ago
      That's my middle name, Late! I'm also a dollar short,lol
    18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      You missed the beer & hash brownies .
    19. lzenglish lzenglish, 7 years ago
      SLEEP IT OFF BLUNDERPUSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Izzie, your envy is showing.
    21. Karl-Fodor, 3 years ago

      In Hungary the German name is known as stokkhammer hammer. Stairs made of artificial stone are paved with sidewalks to prevent it slipping in the rain and winter. You might even look at a German product there.
    22. Karl-Fodor, 3 years ago
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    25. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Thanks Karl. One pic is worth (we all know the rest)

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