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What is this Utensil? Thrift store find.

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LJWscooking Sep 4, 2011 09:34 AM

I found this utensil at a thrift store for 30 cents. It is made of enamaled metal with a wooden handle. It only opens as wide as you see in the picture. Inside you can see little bumps, why? does it squeeze something? make something? Help please.

 
 
  1. Scrapironchef Sep 4, 2011 09:46 AM

    Nutcracker

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      dratlover Sep 4, 2011 09:49 AM

      It looks like something that can open lids off of various sizes of jars or bottles.

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        rccola Sep 4, 2011 09:55 AM

        Simultanisity!

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      rccola Sep 4, 2011 09:49 AM

      bottle/jar opener? seems to be graduated in the size of the lid it would fit.

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        Molly James Sep 4, 2011 11:06 AM

        I have that. Surprisingly, it's both a nut cracker and a bottle opener (or so says the package insert).

        I bought mine about 10 years ago from QVC. They came in a package of two. There should be a spring connecting the two halves. I think you can see the hole for it in the second picture, right side, toward the top.

        It works pretty well as a nutcracker on larger nuts. Never tried it to open bottles. I don't know that the missing spring will have an impact on it's use as a nutcracker.

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          LJWscooking Sep 4, 2011 11:19 AM

          OMGosh thank you. Yes, I see two holes drilled near the "basket" part of the tool. I don't quite see how the spring would stay fixed in there, but wow, interesting!

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            Molly James Sep 4, 2011 11:29 AM

            You're welcome. Here are a couple of pictures for you.

            The first is the package insert and the second shows the spring.

             
             
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              LJWscooking Sep 4, 2011 06:52 PM

              Oh thanks so much. I see where the little spring goes now. the Nut Master...wwooo funny! neat tool, I appreciate these photos.

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