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Wally GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/5/19 10:58 a.m.

I’m not sure where my search went wrong but I may have found a side job.


GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/5/19 11:31 a.m.
RevRico said:

Maybe they're sounding rods? You probably don't want to Google that. 

You sure don't! x_x Ideally you don't even want to have a clue what they are...

The pegs/balls on the sides strongly suggest that some kind of string or wire is meant to be wrapped around there.

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
1/5/19 11:42 a.m.

Ive seen them before. I just cant remember....


The one appears to be a clear lucite?

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/5/19 11:46 a.m.

Wacky idea: Tent stakes? They'd work. Except the clear one.

SVreX MegaDork
1/5/19 11:56 a.m.

Everyone is focused on the pointy end. I think the balls/ weights on the other end are more important. 

They appear to be spaced very carefully- like a measuring instrument, or musical instrument component. 

If you wrapped something around them, you’d get equal loops. Like tapestry, or fishing net making. 

I considered farming, and surveying, and tapestry, and weaving, and medical tools, and animal husbandry, and Cooper smith, and fishing, and maritime, and acupuncture, and sailmaking, and musical instrument string pegs, and astrology, and carefully weighted/ spaced mallet or hammer...

I’m drawing a blank. 

dxman92 Reader
1/5/19 11:58 a.m.

Weighted chopsticks??

aircooled MegaDork
1/5/19 12:04 p.m.

I would guess some sort of weaving or knitting tool.  No idea what though.

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/5/19 12:12 p.m.

The clear one suggests that these things don't see much stress so weaving or knitting is the only use that makes sense.

CJ GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/5/19 12:23 p.m.

Wondering if these might be draw bore pins for aligning offset pinned joints in woodworking.

ProDarwin UltimaDork
1/5/19 12:33 p.m.
Apexcarver UltimaDork
1/5/19 12:35 p.m.

Wife (history masters) doesn't know, nor a blacksmith friend.

JmfnB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/5/19 12:40 p.m.

The heads appear to have impact pads. Are they possibly a string or percussion mallet. 

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
1/5/19 1:51 p.m.

According to a historic arms major friend of mine, its either a chain mail mandrel or a ring mandrel. 

AAZCD Reader
1/5/19 2:25 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Pics, we need pics.

Another failed theory, tent pins:

Stealthtercel Dork
1/5/19 4:45 p.m.

Maybe what you need here is an equally curious friend with access to high-tech CSI gear.  If these things have been used to do... whatever they do, they probably picked up traces of what they touched.  If you can identify those, you might get closer to the story.  Watching with interest.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/5/19 6:08 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

I’m not finding any that are pointy on the end like these, nor with the offset knobs. 

(not) WilD (Matt)
(not) WilD (Matt) Dork
1/5/19 6:40 p.m.

They remind me of the neck of a two string instrument, but the size and materials don't look right.

Klayfish PowerDork
1/5/19 7:36 p.m.
Wally said:

I’m not sure where my search went wrong but I may have found a side job.


I'm less than two weeks from hip surgery....I didn't need to see that.  Then again, I'm not getting a replacement, just a repair.

Ransom GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/5/19 8:18 p.m.

Interesting that the wooden one clearly slips into something else...

I did some googling looking around knitting and weaving tools, loom accessories... But I didn't come up with anything.

Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
1/5/19 10:10 p.m.
Ian F said:
which inadvertently led me to "corset piercing"  surprise ...I did not need to see that before breakfast. So other than needing some eye-bleach, I got nothing... 

I'd take a corset piercing over what I saw.


Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
1/5/19 10:16 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Not saying you are wrong, but I'd think a chain or ring mandrel would be uniform in diameter and not tapered.

Here is a google image of one I found.

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
1/5/19 10:22 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy :

I can't find any pictures to confirm his claim. 

However  i KNOW ive seen something very similar in person  and my mind can't get past the renaissance festival. But, my mind is a very strange place....

Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
1/5/19 10:30 p.m.

Struck out on bookbinding, too.

Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
1/5/19 10:38 p.m.

Could it be a part of a stringed instrument, somehow? 

I don't know how it would fit in the top of the neck, but one of them has a notch in the top, too.


(edit) That would result in compression lengthwise, so that it was pulling the spike tight into a fitting in the neck. That would reduce lateral strain, provided they were tensioned evenly.

OHSCrifle GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
1/5/19 10:49 p.m.

If you’re a fan of the TV show Forged in Fire you may ask: Will it kill?

...but I’m going to guess they’re used to measure.  (measured item) must be no shorter than one side and no longer than the other. If not for measuring... then stabbing. 


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