Dateline: 26 September 2014
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I bought the above tool at an antique shop earlier this year. It is in good shape and didn't cost much money. I had to have it. :-)
I know what the tool is called and what it was used for, so it's not a mystery to me. It is an agrarian tool, for sure.
I'm thinking this may be a real mystery tool to a lot of people who read this blog. Then again, it might be that a lot of readers know exactly what it is.
The tool is 15" long. The blade is thin but rigid, and surprisingly sharp along the bottom. It is 2-1/4" wide at its widest point. The handle has a comfortable, ergonomic fit in my hand.
I'm not sure how old the tool would be. My guess is that it was used in the late 1800's into the early 1900's. There is no reason it couldn't be put to use these days, but few people would have need of it.