This is probably the first question anyone (amateur or specialist) asks himself when being confronted with an unknown object.

The shape of the object is often the only lead you have to find out more about it. There are virtually no means to systematically help you identify the object.

That is why the Museum for Old Techniques has been working on a database system named ID-DOC since 2000. ID-DOC is an on line aid to help you with the identification of unknown technical objects, i.e. hand tools. The database is being continiously updated, corrected and adjusted.

For the time being you can find a complete version of ID-DOC on the dutch MOT-site, the english and the french version are still "work in progress".

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Read more about identifying technical objects (nl).

This project is sponsored by Provincie Vlaams-Brabant and Vlaamse regering