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Sep 4, 2011 09:34 AM

What is this Utensil? Thrift store find.

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.

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    1. re: Scrapironchef

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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: Molly James

          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!

          1. re: LJWscooking

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

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

            1. re: Molly James

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