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The pictured item is 4 inches.

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14 responses to “It’s #whatsitwednesday!”

  1. says:

    Answer from Kovels: It’s a hat iron with a pyramid form and wooden handle.

  2. madeet says:

    I believe this is a garden spade, or dandelion digger to remove dandelion roots deep down.,

  3. Bigfootdebbie says:

    It’s an iron.

  4. hrsnarnd says:

    Parmesan Cheese knife or breaker

  5. norcalgal says:

    Mzgti2u sounds like she knows what she’s talking about! My first guess was a tool to poke holes in SOFT ground to plant bulbs in your garden. Other than that, I have no idea what this is used for, but a milliner tool sounds good to me! What material is the white pointed part? Does look like it has lint on it!

  6. grandmax7 says:

    It looks like a bulb planter.

  7. flash472002 says:

    Looks to me like your average garden trowel. They’re also used in bricklaying and archaeology.

  8. TRay says:

    Hard to tell, but the pointy end is triangular in shape, and composed of whetstone material. It’s only 4” long, so it’s apparent its intended purpose is tight work, and that work includes sharpening serrated knives and crosscut saws. As a failed carpenter, I constantly needed to sharpen my saw since I often had to cut the boards more than the recommended once.

  9. dfrances says:

    Bonsai tool?

  10. TedG57 says:

    Oyster knife

  11. Hookman says:

    I can’t tell how wide the blade is, but it kinda looks like a cheese knife.

  12. Mzgti2u says:

    This is very unusual as was last week’s post.
    I would have guessed some sort of masonry tool.
    However, I happen to have a friend who’s a milliner.
    This is a hat iron.

  13. PPiman says:

    Vintage sealing iron

  14. ashes01 says:

    I would have to say a garden trowel or tool of some sort. No respectable family would have a wooden handled dinner impliment.

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