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Steve John B - on 07 Nov 2012
Got given this as part of a joblot of gardening & DIY stuff, it's like a mini pick-axe with points on both ends (one bit smaller/sharper than the other), head is 11" across, wooden handle is about a foot long. Any ideas?
mattrm - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:

Photos?
rocky57 - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:

Is it a mini pick-axe?
mkean - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:
A hand mattock?
In reply to Steve John B: This is what a tool looks like:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Osborne
Punter S Thompson - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:

Is it Darren Jackson?
Andy Mountains - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Submit to Gravity:
> (In reply to Steve John B) This is what a tool looks like:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Osborne

Like

mkean - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Submit to Gravity:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Osborne

Soft head, funny shaped; are you sure that isn't some sort of sheet metal working hammer?

Hugh J - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Submit to Gravity: Beat me to it:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cameron
Hat Dude on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to mkean:

No they're useful!
birdie num num - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:
Sounds like a pointing pick to Num Num
GridNorth - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B: I have identified dozens of tools on this forum :-)
mkean - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Hat Dude:
No they're useful!

It depends on the application, sheet metal hammers are useful for sheet metal work and retrophrenology but not much use for making decisions about economic policy. George O is good material for offensive songs but isn't much use with economics or sheet metal work.
Andy Say - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:
Slaters pick. http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Hand+Tools/Hammers/Slaters+Hammer+Wooden+Shaft/d10/sd20/p63465

You can get them with twin picks rather than pick/hammer.
Steve John B - on 07 Nov 2012
Bruce Hooker - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Andy Say:

That's what it is, I reckon, some have a adze and a pick. Isn't this what W H Murray used to favour for difficult ice climbing?
TheDrunkenBakers - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to GridNorth:
> (In reply to Steve John B) I have identified dozens of tools on this forum :-)

There you go. Everything works well with a smiley face, even an insult. ;)

Andy Say - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:

Yep - double headed slater's pick. And in reply to Bruce I did have a dally with one on ice myself once. Mine did have a slightly better curve to the picks than that though.

Only ever the once, mind........I could have had me eye out!
Steve John B - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Andy Say: Right...

Does anyone want to buy a genuine vintage ice climbing pick? ;-)

Or alternatively any slaters on here want a free thingummy?
muppetfilter - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B: I was going to say a chipping hammer for knocking slag off welds but it looks too sharp for that??
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Sherlock - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:
It is not a slater's pick.It is a picking hammer for chipping out loose mortar pror to re-pointing.Definately.
Sherlock (ex-roofer)
teflonpete - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to birdie num num:
> (In reply to Steve John B)
> Sounds like a pointing pick to Num Num

Is that what people used for pointing at things before those little laser thingamies that you can tease cats and dogs with came out?
mkean - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to muppetfilter:
I was going to say a chipping hammer for knocking slag off welds but it looks too sharp for that??


I thought they always had metal handles because welders like making life interesting/ burning the hands of incautious apprentices.
justmooching on 08 Nov 2012 - 94.197.127.176.threembb.co.uk
In reply to Steve John B:

Im not sure what there original use is, but have used them, or identical, on archaeology sites. They came from France and were called pickolettes. Sorry, not sure of the spelling.
Steve John B - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to Sherlock:
> (In reply to Steve John B)
> It is not a slater's pick.It is a picking hammer for chipping out loose mortar pror to re-pointing.Definately.
> Sherlock (ex-roofer)

Nice bit of detective work there Sherlock ;-)

I did actually think that's what it might be for (probably after googling, I can't remember).

Anyone want a free picking hammer...?
Andy Say - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to Steve John B:
> (In reply to Sherlock)
> [...]
>
> Nice bit of detective work there Sherlock ;-)
>
> I did actually think that's what it might be for (probably after googling, I can't remember).
>
> Anyone want a free picking hammer...?

Picking hammer come ice tool!

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