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Tile chipping pincers
Can pierce
The can pierce is an elongated, flat and short (approx. 10 cm) metal kitchen utensil with a pointed and bent bottom end with which you can prick pouring and air holes in cans of milk, fruit juice, oil, etc. It is often combined with a bottleopener or a corkscrew. There is also a can pierce with a lid. There are two short nails in a round (plastic) lid. This way, the container can be closed after piercing. See also paint can opener. [MOT]
Instead of using a roofer's hammer and slater's stake, slates can also be cut to size with these slate shears. These are scissors with a flat lower jaw that slopes downwards and in which there is a rectangular recess in which the upper jaw fits. The slate is placed on the lower jaw and when closing the scissors, a piece of the slate is cut off. In this way, one can continue to cut along the same line to remove a complete piece of the slate. Often there is a protrusion on one of the arms that prevents the hand from sliding forward when cutting. There are also fixed models with a sharp protrusion that can be hammered into the roof boarding. [MOT]
Stave splitter
Stonemason's hammer
Metal hammer with a short handle and a straight or curved hammer head with square faces. Sometimes hollows have been deliberately made in the sides above the handle. (1) The stonemason uses this hammer to hit the narrow-headed chisels (2), a crown drill or a masonry drill). Also when splitting off a block of stone of the right size and shape; one by one a number of wedges are then knocked into the block of stone in a straight line and some distance apart until the two parts of the stone are split apart. See also metal carver's mallet. [MOT] (1) These cavities would ensure a better distribution of the impact force on hard stone types such as granite (MERCUZOT: 221). (2) When the chisel head is wide, a wooden stonemason beater is used.
Trowel with an elongated (approx. 16-20 cm), flat and narrow (approx. 2.5-4 cm) blade that is rounded or pointed and attached to a handle with a bent joint. It is used by the bricklayer or tile roofer to apply mortar between roof tiles. The plasterer uses it in places where it is difficult to reach with other tools, behind heating pipes, etc. To be distinguished from the tongue trowel of the bricklayer and not to be confused with the beekeeper's uncapping knife. [MOT]
This tool places a capsule - i.e. a metal cap with pegs at the bottom (1) - over the spigot of a wine barrel, so that it is sealed and ready for transport. The tool is knocked with a hammer and the capsule is driven into the wine barrel. (1) The capsule can be marked with the mark (number) of the seller or with motifs related to wine growing such as a bunch of grapes. Yellow capsules are used for white wine, while red capsules are used for red wine (BRUNET 1925: 262).
Tongue trowel
Hand tool with a rounded, elongated (approx. 13-20 cm) blade that protrudes into an upwardly curved handle. The tool is used by the bricklayer and plasterer. Can be distinguished from this trowel, but has a wider blade (approx. 4-7 cm). [MOT]
Pan scrubber
With a pan scrubber you can clean dirty pans or pots while washing. It consists of a scouring pad made of galvanized iron mesh or steel wool, which may or may not be attached to a plastic handle.See also the sink brush for dishwashing. [MOT]
A polishing brush is used to polish parquet floors. This is a short-haired brush that is located under a metal, rectangular plate that is attached to a long (approx. 1.30 m), wooden or metal handle. When the wax-rubbed parquet floor is almost dry, it is rubbed on with a polishing brush until it is nice and shiny. [MOT]
Bush hammer
Hammer with an elongated hammer head (approx. 10-20 cm long, approx. 2-5 cm wide) made of hardened steel with pyramid-shaped pointed teeth on both faces and a wooden handle (approx. 30-40 cm), for flattening natural stone. This type of stone finishing is called bushing. From the 17th century onwards, the bush hammer was used for hard stone types, never for soft stone or marble. Because the tips wear out quickly, there are models with interchangeable heads. The disadvantage of this tool is that it sometimes causes cracks that make the stone weather faster. See also the bouchard (chisel). [MOT]
Potatoes can be harvested with a garden spade, a hoe, a potato lifting fork or a potato harvester. The latter has three, sometimes four, wide (approx. 2-3 cm) and flat teeth with pointed ends (approx. 25-30 cm long), which are slightly attached to a wooden handle (approx. 100-130 cm) ). [MOT]
This bit consists of a metal pipe (diameter approx. 0.5-1 cm) - sharp on one end and with a handle or a crank on the other end - to cut circles, hearts, etc. as decoration on the clogs. It is pushed onto the clog, never beaten like the leatherworker's punch. [MOT]
Alum stone clip
If you want to rub the skin with alum after shaving, you can clamp the alum stone in a special clip. It has a jaw with a right-angled edge with triangular teeth, which is adjustable by means of a screw. [MOT]
Castration tongs
The castration tongs (1) are relatively heavy (approx. 2-5 kg) tongs with long arms (approx. 30 cm) and a wide beak (approx. 8 cm) with strongly curved jaws, which are used to castrate bulls. If necessary, there is a U-shaped bracket on the underside of one of the arms that can be placed on the knee as support. The jaws of the forceps are placed successively behind both testicles - at the level of the spermatic cord - and the forceps are squeezed closed for about thirty seconds. After a few days, the scrotum begins to shrivel; the testicles shrink and die. See also the emasculator scissors. [MOT] (1) See BERTHELON.
Upholsterer's hammer
The upholsterer's hammer is a relatively light (approx. 200-400 g) hammer - distinguishable from the glazier's hammer - with a long (approx. 10-15 cm), narrow (approx. 1-1.5 cm) head attached to a wooden stem. The hammer head has one round face and a flat pin at the other end, often with a claw. The upholsterer uses the hammer to hammer in and remove tacks. Sometimes the head is magnetized; this way the nails are held in place, which makes work easier as furniture upholstery often involves nailing in awkward corners. [MOT]
This pottery turning hook is a manual tool with a right angle blade (approx. 2 cm by 0.5-1 cm) that can take different shapes: rectangular with or without rounded corners, triangular, etc. It can be made entirely of metal or have a wooden handle . There may also be a spatula-shaped blade at the other end. The turning tool is used by the potter to update the shape of a turned pot while turning. If it is held against the pot, a certain amount of clay is cut off. [MOT]
Bouchard (chisel)
Chisel with one or more rows of pyramid-shaped pointed teeth, similar to the head of a bush hammer, for flattening natural stone. The stonecutter uses this chisel together with a metal carver's mallet to smooth uneven surfaces of natural stone, and can therefore work much more accurately than with a bush hammer. [MOT]
Tonsil elevator
Emasculator (for piglet)
Piglets are usually neutered in their first three weeks of life. This is done in the following way: After an incision has been made in the scrotum with a scalpel - so that the testes are free to hang - the spermatic cord is twisted until it breaks. In young piglets this is done with the help of a few clamping pliers or even by hand. On piglets of several months old, the spermatic cord is already relatively large and castration is done with an emasculator (1). One jaw is rectangular (approx. 5 cm by 1 cm) with an elongated cutout that has grooves on one side and a sharp cut on the other, the other jaw has a concave cut. The jaws can be screwed on using a clamping screw. After the incision, the spermatic cord is caught with the jaws, which are squeezed tightly and tightened with the clamping screw; The forceps are turned a few times until the spermatic cord breaks and then they are squeezed completely closed so that the testicle is cut off. See also castration tongs. [MOT] (1) See BERTHELON.
Heavy (approx. 1,400-2 kg), trapezoidal forged hammer with flat or slightly convex face and short (approx. 20-25 cm) handle. The farrier usually forges horseshoes with a forging hammer. In contrast, in some areas of France, a specific hammer, the farrier hammer, is used. [MOT]
Thrush poaching tool
This poaching tool was used in some regions in Belgium and France to catch thrushes or catbirds by cutting the bark of a tree to stretch a bow. The catbirds are attracted with berries. The equivalent English name of this tool is unknown. More technical information on this page in dutch. [MOT]
Asparagus gouge
White asparagus can be harvested with an asparagus cutter or an asparagus gouge. The latter has a gouge-shaped (approx. 3 cm wide; approx. 10-15 cm long) blade that is attached to a wooden handle with a long (approx. 20 cm) tang. White asparagus is grown on high beds and harvested just before the foliage comes to the surface, because when the head is exposed to light, it quickly turns blue or green. With an asparagus gouge or knife it is possible to cut the stem as close to the rhizome as possible, without damaging these or not yet fully grown, neighboring stems. [MOT]
Automatic spade
Baby food pusher
Ash shovel
Band cutter
Stock managers use the band cutter to easily open film-sealed pallets. The plastic handle is quite thin (approx. 1 cm) and bends inwards at the end. The tip of the bent-in end is flat and pointed. The cutting part of the band cutter is a sturdy razor blade (approx. 2 by 4 cm) that is replaceable. It is securely clamped in the knife handle. The pointed tip of the band cutter is hooked behind the plastic foil, then the cutter is pulled in horizontal or vertical movement. This way plastic foils can be cut with ease. [MOT]
Bandage shears
With the bandage shears you can remove plaster or starch bandages. The shears have one blade with a blunt conical end, which is inserted under the bandage; in this way no injuries are caused. The bandage is cut lengthwise and can then be removed. There are light and heavier models (approx. 150-400 g), which can be operated with one or two hands, depending on the dressing to be removed. [MOT]
Basket maker's rapping iron
For more technical information on this hand tool of a basket maker, you can visit the dutch version of this page. See also the commander of a basket maker. [MOT]
Beam compass
Beam scribe
The beam scribe (1) is a manual tool for marking a beam by cutting a groove in it. It consists of a thin metal blade (about 3 / 10-15 cm) bent at right angles at one end, the angle of which cuts. It is often combined with a saw-setting iron; usually this iron is on the opposite end, but sometimes the notches are cut into the blade itself (2); exceptionally the saw-setting iron is positioned between a double scribe (3).The carpenter uses the beam scribe to indicate the location and nature of the operation (sawing, mortising, etc.), sometimes also to number the beams.To be distinguished from the timber scribe, from the clog maker's timber scribe, from the saddler's racer and from the farrier's hoof cleaning knife.See also the scribing point. [MOT](1) WEYNS 1967-68.(2) Eg. LOMBARD & MASVIEL: 117.(3) BISTON-BOUTEREAU-HANUS: 249.
Battery clamp spreader
Before reinstalling the clamps on the poles of, for example, a car battery, it is desirable to first clean them with this battery clamp spreader, i.e. remove the trapped battery acid, and also widen them slightly to ensure that they reach far enough over the battery pole. [MOT]
Bean hook
A bean hook can be used to remove heavy weeds, shrubs, etc. The tool is very similar to the billhook with hook-shaped blade, but is longer (approx. 50 cm) and narrower (approx. 3 cm). Sometimes a small axe is forged on the back of the blade. [MOT]
Beet lifting fork
Bee brush
Boning knife
Raw meat is boned with a boning knife. It has a sturdy, narrow blade (approx. 10-20 cm long) with a wide back and a sharp point. It is attached in a wooden or plastic handle that is usually shaped in such a way that the hand - which becomes greasy during boning - cannot slip on the blade. See also the ham boner. [MOT]