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.
It's a knife sharpener.
OK Linda, how about this one? I think it's a slicer of some kind, but it's this week's newspaper contest.
Slicer for a stick of butter?
That's exactly what I thought, too. It's for perfect pats of butter.
Exactly what it is. :-)
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.
I didn't think they made those anymore! They may also work on tiny loaves of cheese for hors d'oeuvres
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.
I'm fairly certain there's at least one in my parents' kitchen--in addition to knives, my mother seemed to collect knife sharpeners.
Wow, until I got my Pampered Chef knives, this was the only kind of sharpener I had!
I have one in my useless junk drawer as we speak! Never really got the hang of it though.
Looks like a cell phone, to me.
ROFL! Well, you're half right. :-D
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.
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.
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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