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What the heck is this knife

Discussion in 'Knives' started by catfishdan, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. catfishdan
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    So I found this thing at a garage sale but I don't know what it is. Anyone have an idea? Google is telling me nothing.

    It has a wood handle and some kind of carbon steel blade, sharpened only on the end. It is marked "J. Fuhr Teplitz-Schonau".

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  2. Adahn

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    From googling I would say that Mr J. Fuhr was an entomologist in Teplitz-Schönau - until 1945 Germany, now called Teplice in Czech Republic - so I guess the writing on the blade itself won't help so much.
    But it seems a J. Fuhr from Teplitz was the President of the Entomoligists Society in 1904, so this could be an old piece indeed...
     
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    looks like a tool for use with a wood lathe
     
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    looks like some sort of scraper or gouge if Adahn is correct and the orignial owner was an entomolgist, it may be a tool used to manipulate specimens
     
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    ^ Thats what I was thinking possible a long chisel type wood working tool.
     
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    Maybe for really fine wood work. It's really small and flexible though. That's a guitar pick in the picture with it.
     
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    oh that is tiny
     
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    Adahn to the rescue!!!
    Great job bro!

    Interesting piece ya found catfishdan!
    Be safe!
     
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    Orrr maybe it's just a letter opener...?

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    It look like some kind of chisel to me. I haven't turned up a close equivalent--only confirmation that entomologists use chisels. A search for "entomologist's chisel," for me, only turned up this reference from an 1889 publication The Ornithologist and Oölogist
    Perhaps Mr. Fuhr actually owned this tool, and used it to remove insects and larvae from trees?
     
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    that wouldn't be any fun
     
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    ...and well, a letter opener should be sharpened on the long side, with this chisel you'd have to lay down the letter on a surface and cut it open. Not comfy, not at all...

    But if it is an entomologist's tool then it could be some kind of spatula to remove a tree's bark to get some bugs/their eggs or to get something out of the ground. How sharp is the "edge" of this tool? For the things above if should be thinned but not sharp I'd assume...
     
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    yea that's what I was thinking something to pull bark off trees or separate rotten wood. as I'm sure we all know some bugs can be quite aggressive/poisonous and you may not want your fingers close to them till you know whats there.
     
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    Only the end is sharp. The long edges have no edge at all. Thanks for the responses so far. An entimologist chisel is better than anything I could come up with.
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    A neat little tool for sure!
     
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    Very cool! I love this stuff! The in hand shot looks like a mini machete. It most prob is a tool used in a very specific way. If I was a scientist, I would use it to open packages of food, and then spread fatty, salty things on said food.

    That's prob why I am not a scientist.
     
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    That was my first thought

    And this was my second...
     
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    Wow, that really is small

    Ok, now my thoughts are really with the second option - manipulating specimens...
     
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