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Rick Jun 26, 2009 10:01 AM

Mom was clearing out some unused items in the kitchen and came across this. None of us know what it is for, do you? I put the cell phone in the picture for size reference.

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  1. LindaWhit Jun 26, 2009 10:03 AM

    It's a knife sharpener.

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      janetms383 Jun 26, 2009 10:34 AM

      OK Linda, how about this one? I think it's a slicer of some kind, but it's this week's newspaper contest.

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        grampart Jun 26, 2009 10:36 AM

        Slicer for a stick of butter?

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          danhole Jun 26, 2009 10:41 AM

          That's exactly what I thought, too. It's for perfect pats of butter.

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            LindaWhit Jun 26, 2009 10:44 AM

            Exactly what it is. :-)

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              janetms383 Jun 26, 2009 12:51 PM

              Thanks all. I had thought maybe it was a slicer for Velveeta, but the reporter said it was 5 1/2 inches long. Based on that, I calculated the width at about 2 inches.

              A butter slicer makes perfect sense! And I counted the wires... You would have 16 1/2 tablespoon pats.

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              Caralien Jun 26, 2009 11:48 AM

              I didn't think they made those anymore! They may also work on tiny loaves of cheese for hors d'oeuvres

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                Candy Jun 26, 2009 12:42 PM

                They are still made. i have them in stock right now. The butter slicer, that is, I've not seen one of those knife sharpeners in ages.

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                  Caralien Jun 26, 2009 12:44 PM

                  I'm fairly certain there's at least one in my parents' kitchen--in addition to knives, my mother seemed to collect knife sharpeners.

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                    janetms383 Jun 26, 2009 12:52 PM

                    Wow, until I got my Pampered Chef knives, this was the only kind of sharpener I had!

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                      danhole Jun 26, 2009 01:06 PM

                      I have one in my useless junk drawer as we speak! Never really got the hang of it though.

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              ricepad Jun 26, 2009 10:48 AM

              Looks like a cell phone, to me.

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              1. re: ricepad
                LindaWhit Jun 26, 2009 10:50 AM

                ROFL! Well, you're half right. :-D

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                RGC1982 Jun 26, 2009 06:01 PM

                It is definitely a knife sharpener. You pull the blades between the cylinders toward you to sharpen. Do this about 7-8 times with most knives and it will do a decent job.

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                  Rick Jun 26, 2009 07:39 PM


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                    ricepad Jun 26, 2009 11:44 PM

                    I don't think it's so much a sharpener as it is a hone, serving the same function as a steel. It won't put an edge on your blade, but it'll straighten a rolled edge.

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                    1. re: ricepad
                      Rick Jun 27, 2009 07:37 AM

                      Wonder if that's it, I tried it on a knife and it didn't seem any better after I used it.

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