Use and design.
Ancient but still in use.
Correct, put more farm boys in hospital than any other hand tool.
Why square the handle? That is almost never seen on other similar tools.
Helps to prevent rotation of the tool shaft in users hands . More often oval in section but same reason .
Can't be the full story cos this similar looking tool used for another app is never seen with a squared handle.
It's a mattock ...
I've never seen a pulaski with a square handle, either...
Lol... OK, disregard post # 6... I thought we were guessing tools...
Interesting, the Pulaski images I found all have circular handles??
I'm not sure the handle is actually square... the handle end is square, but that's to retain the head.
A square handle would be really hard to use... I mean, a shovel handle won't even fit my hands.[COLOR=#black]..[/COLOR]
It might be, I tried to enlarge the picture... we'll see if it worked.
Yeah, the handle looks more or less round or oval to me...?
Original picture come from here ...?
I wasn't very clear, I was referring to how the handle and head of the adze are coupled.
this device had a lot of antique dealers stumped on an antique show I watched.
any guess, bit harder than the last. be obvious when you know.
here is a modern one with dimensions;
If it is what I think it is it is part of something called a stitching horse. I have built one. It is used in leather craft. I believe they are typically mounted to a chair/bench affair and that whole assembly is called a stitching horse. The leather is clamped in the vise and the awl/needle and thread are pushed through the leather. Usually the jaws of the vise are positioned on the seat so that if you leaned ahead your nose could be tightened in the vise from the sides. The lower pic shows the base going off to the side so I would assume it is designed to mount to a workbench or something instead of mounted to a chair. I built one over 30 years ago and it is still used by the owner several times a week.
Edit: I wonder if the lower pic has a swivel on the base. Almost looks like it.
Click below to see what I based the one I built on. The one shown only had front legs and I thought it was a bit silly to have to use a chair so I put legs on the back too.
Ah, got it...
full marks, a leather stitching vice.
the chances a member guessed it and has actually built one - good job.
who's putting up the next hand tool to guess?
Made of hardwood and leather. What is it for?
is used to mount sandpaper on?
It seems there's not a lot of trial, so here is the answer:
It is a slapper for metalworking
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