In the world of tool design, there are a lot of clever people. It seems that if there is a problem, someone has invented a tool to help solve it. Many of these objects have interesting names and, if you don’t work in specialized fields, you may never have heard of them.
This heavy-duty hand tool is precisely that: heavy. Weighing in at anywhere from 12 to 14 pounds, it is made of high carbon steel and is about four feet long. Unless you are a firefighter, rescue worker or routinely break into buildings, you have probably never heard of it. Though unwieldy, it can be used for prying things or for demolition projects.
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This unusually named multipurpose tool was initially made in 1888 and continued in production until 1935. It was a combination tri-square, spirit level, miter square, scratch awl, rule, marking gauge, mortise gauge, depth gauge and beam compass. You can still find this almost antique carpenter’s tool at a couple of retailers online.
The handle of this tool looks like an average screwdriver, but the shaft has a sharp bend. When a new hole has been drilled, you place the tip of this gadget into it to smooth it out. It is a crucial step to prevent stress fractures in the drilled material, such as in aircraft maintenance.
Stubby Nail Eater
When you have a job that doesn’t permit you the luxury of finding an alternative spot to one that already has a nail in it, then you probably have a stubby nail eater. This auger bit is used by plumbers and electricians who occasionally have to drill where a nail is already located. It is short enough to work in tight places, and it chews up the nail quickly.