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Sep 27, 2012 10:19 AM

Please help identify this gadget

This gadget was found in my grandmother's kitchen things. I have been searching for months to discover what is this gadget. Can anyone help?

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  1. That must be a dough or ravioli cutter.

    1. I collect vintage green handled kitchen tools and I'm guessing it might be a corn cob scraper... to get the kernels off the cob. But I'll keep my thinking cap on and see if I can come up with something else...

      (If it were a dough/ravioli cutter the metal part would revolve like a wheel)

      1. How long/big is it?

        Where did your Grandmother live and what is her ethnic background?

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        1. re: bytepusher

          Originally from Georgia. Spent many years in Philly.

          1. re: pthornhi

            I've seen something like it before, I think its a tool for scraping ice and frost out of the freezer from the days before they came up with "frost free".

          2. re: bytepusher

            The entire tool is about 4'' long.

          3. Are the serrations sharp at all? I was thinking pasta cutter but the sides are tapered strange. Also thought some sort of citrus spoon if it was sharp, or a fish scaler. Tough one. Could even be some sort of decorator for scraping icing or something on cakes.

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              1. re: pthornhi

                I reminds me--depressingly--of the grapefruit spoons in my parents' everyday sterling except it is a kitchen tool not a table piece, and the spoons were pointed. Perhaps it is some sort of core-ing gizmo..but not really long enough for that, is it? My parents also had a long chute-like thing with serrations for coring and slicing down the sides of melons.

                I say "depressingly" because I loathe grapefruit and melons and was constantly being entreated to "try again." It took years before I could convince anyone that I hate the stuff. Still cannot abide the smell

            1. I don't know what it is but for some reason I want to scoop ice cream with it.