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    Posted 5 months ago

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    I have found openers and other items made by Kristee but nothing like this. The tiny wheel wheel turns and appears to some kind of cutting wheel. Eyelet inserts are in each hole. The hook has the shape of a bottle cap opener. Any idea what it is?

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    1. Yeyepappy, 5 months ago
      I would appreciate any feedback on what this item may be.
      Thank you.
    2. truthordare truthordare, 5 months ago
      can opener - a German example:
    3. slackjack, 5 months ago
      This tool seems to be a multi use tool. It is a knife and scissor sharpener, a bottle opener, and the small wheel is a glass cutter. It is not a can opener.
    4. Yeyepappy, 5 months ago
      Thanks truth or dare and slack jack for your responses. I’m still conflicted about what is.
    5. artfoot artfoot, 5 months ago
      Let me add one more response in an attempt to ease some of your conflict.

      Kristee Products of Akron, Ohio was primarily a mail order distributor of household gadgets and necessities. I don't know what Kristee called this item (their catalogs come up for sale frequently, if you need to know) or who was the intended market but it is commonly called a combination (or multi-use) tool. This item combines (as noted above) a knife sharpener (the two carbide wheels at top center), a bottle or jar opener, and a glass scribe (the small side wheel)
    6. Yeyepappy, 5 months ago
      Thank you very much artfoot and all others for your input. I believe it must be a multipurpose tool.
      Mystery solved.
    7. robert_b_in_az, 2 months ago
      I respectfully beg to differ with artfoot's ID of this tool. I own one. One of the described functions is on the mark: it is a glass cutter. In fact, it is a glazier's pocket tool. The small wheel scores the glass to be cut. The tool's hook is then positioned under the edge of the glass to be snapped with the round wheel above it as if you were removing a bottle cap. The handle is then tilted gently upward until the glass snaps along the scored line. The final operation is to soften or dull the edge of the freshly cut pane so that it can be handled safely. This is done by dragging the V-notch between the steel wheels down the edges of the glass at about a 45 degree angle like you were sharpening a knife. Once you've worked up a thirst cutting your glass you could use the tool to open a bottle of something cold and refreshing. By gum, it IS a multi-purpose tool after all! I'll test that last function and get back to you....Cheers!
    8. artfoot artfoot, 2 months ago
      I'm taking mine out of the kitchen drawer and putting it in the garage where it belongs. I tried scoring the beer bottles before smacking them against the counter but they didn't open any more neatly. The hook worked better. :+)
    9. Yeyepappy, 2 months ago
      I really enjoyed the dialogue between Robert and artfoot. After these updates, I too say......cheers!

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