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Q: I found this unusual knife in a box of old tools. What was it used for?

A: We’re asking our readers to solve the mystery. Let us know if you have any idea what this was used for.

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#21 strange knifeDocwheels 2011-01-17 07:18
I was around when my brothers were into trapping for hides in the 1950s. We were frequently in the shops/tanneries of the time. There is one that stuck in my mind because the only hide I ever sold I hit with my car. The red fox brought me $45. This was in about 1975. I saw a knife used to scrape the hides to remove excess material so the pelt would cure properly. It looks like a duplicate of this knife.
#20 HIde skimmerzephyr51 2011-01-13 13:24
My brother thought this was used by hunters to skim/scrape the fat off hides.
#19 rose14 2011-01-13 07:08
The size would be useful. I've seen large knives this shape that are used for cutting silage from bales.
#18 Toolmatchthis 2011-01-12 23:44
Forget the name of the plant but it is the one they make tequila from...this tool is used for cutting that plant.
#17 Mystery Knifenoseelucee 2011-01-12 23:05
The knife looks similar to one used in cutting lead caming (the strips that hold stain glass in place.
#16 rckeaton 2011-01-12 22:59
My husband suggested a flensing knife, used for cutting whale blubber.
#15 Mystery Knifej14212 2011-01-12 22:46
I believe this is a tobacco knife. They are still pretty much the only thing used to cut the tobacco at the bottom of the stalk when it is ripe and read to be harvested and taken to be cured. They are common on most older family farms in central and western KY and in parts of NC where most tobacco has historically been grown. The stalk is usually 2 inches in diameter and although it is hollow in the middle the walls are about a quarter inch thick so the knife is kept very sharp.
#14 reedededge 2011-01-12 21:57
looks like a "fleshing" knife - i don't know how large it is -- a buffalo would be hoisted up on a frame and the skinners would use a similar knife to cut around the legs, neck and along the abdomen -- then a horse would be used to pull the skin off the buffalo - larger ones were used by whalers
#13 mystery knifeedmund2 2011-01-12 21:45
Hard to identify it without dimensions.
My thought is that since it was found in a tool box is that it is not a knife but a masons tool for striking morter joints.
#12 unusual mystery knifeLMPICOT 2011-01-12 21:30
My best guess is that this particular object was made by hand by a pipe smoker to clean out and scrape the bowl of his pipe. I don't know what size the knife in the photo is but it brings to mind a handmade version of a pipe cleaner used by a friend of mine many years ago.

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