MYSTERY OBJECTS

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer » 09 Dec 2017, 11:37

While we're thinking up the next one have a look at this web site for some strange objects! LINK

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Post by Stanley » 10 Dec 2017, 03:41

I had a look..... The mind boggles! Not for me thank you.

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All right, it's a large Morse Taper HSS twist drill but why has it got flutes on the taper?
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Post by Gloria » 10 Dec 2017, 08:45

To allow coolant to run through to the tip??
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Post by Stanley » 10 Dec 2017, 08:47

I doubt it Gloria. Drills equipped for that usually have a bore drilled through the centre.....
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Post by chinatyke » 10 Dec 2017, 10:03

We've seen this before and I thought the conclusion was that you were not sure exactly what it is, or am I thinking of another of your treasures?

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Post by Gloria » 10 Dec 2017, 10:58

Is it a broken drill with a re machined taper and tang?
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Post by Stanley » 11 Dec 2017, 05:16

No evidence of damage Gloria and it's a perfectly serviceable drill.
China is dead right in that this object is a cheat really. I have been trying it out for years on people to see if anyone has seen anything like this before. Nobody I have tried has seen anything like it. All sorts of theories but as far as I am concerned this is the quintessential mystery object!
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Post by Gloria » 11 Dec 2017, 08:47

I think I could be right re the coolant, cheaper than putting holes through, but not just as good. I cannot see another reason for continuing the spiral into the taper.
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Post by plaques » 11 Dec 2017, 09:33

In the past some drills over ½" diameter would have their flutes machined into the straight bar and then twisted to create the helical which was then finished by grinding. One can imagine that a long continuous bar machined like this would have an end to end flute like the one Stanley is showing.

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Post by Stanley » 12 Dec 2017, 03:56

I've often wondered if it was an attempt to make the taper self-cleaning if the drill spun under pressure. I don't suppose I will ever know with certainty.....
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Post by Tizer » 12 Dec 2017, 12:03

What's this mystery object and what was it used for?

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Post by Steeplejerk » 12 Dec 2017, 16:55

Looks like Ebony,Fish knife or ceremonial dagger ??
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Post by chinatyke » 13 Dec 2017, 02:42

I was going to suggest it could be made of jet and its purpose could be for opening envelopes.

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Post by Stanley » 13 Dec 2017, 03:17

Masonic Ritual object?
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Post by Tizer » 13 Dec 2017, 12:01

Good tries but all wrong! :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 14 Dec 2017, 04:09

I cheated..... I don't think anyone is going to get that one Tiz.....
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Post by Steeplejerk » 14 Dec 2017, 07:27

Sheath makers template ??
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Post by Stanley » 14 Dec 2017, 07:28

Morning Tom! How are you?
Think again about the object or cheat like I did.......
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Post by Tizer » 14 Dec 2017, 11:15

Wrong Tom! I can see why some of you suggested ceremonial dagger and letter opener but its purpose was not at all related to those. It's an example of Viking workmanship but has nothing to do with violence or ceremony and would have been used by women rather than men. I'll wait a little longer to see if anyone what it's for.

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Post by Marilyn » 15 Dec 2017, 02:46

For opening Oysters?

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Cathy » 15 Dec 2017, 08:15

I'm with Marilyn, it's for shucking oysters (opening the shell and loosening the oyster).
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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer » 15 Dec 2017, 09:46

Sorry, wrong again - although I guess it could be used for that too!

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by plaques » 15 Dec 2017, 10:01

My try. Viking = pagans, wood = good omen. Women use it = cutting umbilical cords. Tea shirt size X.

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Cathy » 15 Dec 2017, 20:49

Just noticed the measurement.
Was it used for skinning dead animals ?
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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley » 16 Dec 2017, 03:56

Can't resist giving a clue Tiz because it's one you might not know about. The modern equivalent is called a sword.....
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