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    Posted 7 months ago

    fortapache
    (2306 items)

    Picked this up at an antique mall today. It was my first outing in 3 weeks as I have been putting together a new shed on my few days off. As the shed was completed just in time for the first snow I was able to go down the hill today and found this thing whatever it is.
    It is a 44 inch long pole with a 10 inch piece of steel on it. Only 2 1/2 inches of the blade extends beyond the handle. That part has been sharpened although the point is rounded.
    I am thinking it is on a pole, or more like a long handle, to give the user some distance. It would either be something hot like boiling water or caustic like lye. Or perhaps an animal. OK let us get to the mystery solving.

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    1. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 7 months ago
      I wanted to that a stab at it!!! But I don't have a clue!!
      Stuff
    2. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you very much stuff. We shall see if someone has a clue.
    3. truthordare truthordare, 7 months ago
      looks like it was meant to plant into the ground, to help follow a property line, before a fence was built?
    4. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you very much truthordare. Could be agricultural. Had not thought of that.
    5. lptools, 7 months ago
      A dibble??
    6. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you very much Iptools. It could be.
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 months ago
      Consadibble ?
    8. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      First thing I think is like a garden hoe, or maybe weed wacker.. then I think of the sharp end but then why would it be rounded on the tip.. hmm... some kind of hand made saw.. not sure what things may have been called many years ago. Or even know the name of gardening things.. I tried...
    9. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      If it were smaller i would think a shank, but I believe it is way to big.. like j thought how they threw something sharp into water to catch fish. Don't laugh.
    10. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 months ago
      I would say what you have here is an old fruit harvest knife. Used to reach up and cut apples, oranges etc off a tree where you can't reach. I have one similar up in the rafters somewhere because I went to a pole basket for picking my oranges that are up high.
    11. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 7 months ago
      fhrjr2's suggestion seems pretty sensible to me though I admit I've no actual true idea...a tool like that would probably be handy for helping harvest fruit from trees, whether from the ground beneath or on a ladder...??
    12. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Thank you very much WideAwake. Hard to say how sharp the blade was. I think for fishing the blade would be more of a spike.

      Thank you very much fhrjr2. Let me look it up. The blade seems too short but that is possible.

      AnythingObscure I have no idea either. I try to match up the guesses with google images. No definite no's or yes's yet.
    13. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      Fh, has a good answer
    14. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      @ wideawake4 it is a good answer but I need some matching examples to bak it up. I am thinking it is homemade to do something unknown.
    15. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      I need to try to see if I can find something on line. Now it is just bugging me. I'll be back..
    16. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      Does the end part the one hickey come off and it can swing around??
    17. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      Well now that I think about it.. I feel like a it could used for alot of things. I found a couple things on line that look very close. But if I say that would be cheating right??? I'm into this game now. Hmmmm
    18. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      A hand made brush axe?????
    19. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Wide Awake looking it up good as I am looking for other examples as evidence. The people where I bought it want to know what it is too.
    20. Dev_Komatsu, 7 months ago
      Not a pleasant thought, but it may be a user-made flensing knife, which is a tool used in the butchering of whales. In pictures, the long-handled ones were used to make a circumferential cut around the whale to begin peeling the blubber, which would explain the sharpened blade with a rounded tip (so as not to cut into the meat).

      The reason I don't think it's for agricultural harvesting is that typically any extended-reach harvesting tool needs an anvil of some sort for the blade to bear down on or the tree branch would get ragged and damaged. Imagine the speed and skill required to cleanly slice through the stem of a fruit with a bare blade on the end of a 4-ft pole, not to mention how sharp the blade would need to be (for short-handled harvesting knives, the user's thumb serves as the anvil).
    21. Gillian, 7 months ago
      There are a few tools here that resemble the posters. I would say Dev_Komatsu is c0rrrect.

      https://www.google.ca/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNS06UtdbVC5eb98tbX0LQ6WJTlgHA:1576276171826&q=flensing+tool&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiFl6iq1rPmAhVBOKwKHSRcBm0QsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1918&bih=922
    22. Gillian, 7 months ago
      I don't mean the posters are tools - that just isn't right.
    23. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 months ago
      I'm not even close to being convinced.
    24. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      Interesting but I need to see a closer match before I can confirm it.
    25. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      I'll have to find the video and the pictures I had found..
    26. fortapache fortapache, 7 months ago
      I look forward to it WideAwake.
    27. TreasureTex TreasureTex, 7 months ago
      I think it is a scouting/defense walking stick that some adventurous teenage boys made of barnyard scraps. I see the metal had another hole drilled in it previously so it must have been used for something else like farm equipment before it became this tool or weapon.
    28. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 months ago
      I think Tex is getting close. It could be a "California legal" assault weapon.
    29. WideAwake0247, 7 months ago
      What about antique forged froe.. shingle sheer, froe wedge.. looks close. Except the end you can extend..

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