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NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
11/2/20 6:12 a.m.

I want to say marlin spike, but the offset handles elude me as to function. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/2/20 7:53 a.m.
NOHOME said:

I want to say marlin spike, but the offset handles elude me as to function. 

I agree, that's the most similar appearing tool that I can think of. Could be coincidence, or an accurate guess.

What's that expression? The same, only different. 

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
11/12/20 10:09 a.m.

someone said tuning pegs a few pages back. I saw this video on reddit and I'm pretty sure they were right. Obviously not the same, but similar. 

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
11/12/20 10:18 a.m.

It's gotten to the point where I feel compelled to open this thread every time it comes to the top just to see if someone has finally figured it out. 

I'd say rope tool is more likely than tuning peg, but hey, that's just like, my opinion, man.

Wxdude10 - Mike
Wxdude10 - Mike Reader
6/12/21 6:30 a.m.

As several others said, this looks like it is a marlin spike for making ropes.  Just saw this today on Reddit:

Making rope with a Marlin Spike

When I saw this video this morning I was like "That's the tool no one could definitely ID on GRM from the library.  Now where's that post....".

*Furious searching for this topic begins before my one working ADD addled brain cell forgets the post..*

Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/12/21 7:25 p.m.

This is hilarious, because I was just thinking about this thread yesterday.

The link goes nowhere, though- Reddit says no such group exists. 

11GTCS
11GTCS Dork
6/12/21 8:49 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy :

Lol, of course. They’re hiding it from us.....devil

Wxdude10 - Mike
Wxdude10 - Mike Reader
6/12/21 10:39 p.m.

Wow.  That's weird.  It opened up for me.  
 

lets try this

You tube making a rope with a marlin spike

AAZCD (Forum Supporter)
AAZCD (Forum Supporter) Dork
6/12/21 10:39 p.m.

Closer to what I'd call a Fid than a Marlin Spike, but I'm still not seeing the offset knobs. What particular type of marlin spike/fid would have those? Job specialty specific or regional-cultural? Sail making on a small island off the coast of Norway? Fishing nets on a stretch of South Pacific coast?

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
6/12/21 11:03 p.m.

They're tools from the tropical island of Tong.

Tong is 50 miles long and 9 feet wide.

Their chief export is rope.

I can't take credit for that, it's an old Jonathan Winters bit but I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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