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Can anyone identify this old tool

Discussion in 'Other Tools' started by Michael OD, May 19, 2017.

  1. Michael OD

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    Got this at an auction along with 2 crosscut saws and have no idea what it was used for. It's about 6 feet long and pretty heavy. There doesn't seem to be any damage to the tip so i'm guessing it wasn't used as a digging bar, could it possibly have been a log rafting pike?
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    Makes since to me, I know they used bars to break up jambs. For riding logs down a river that looks way handier than an all iron bar. The handle also looks very similar to my can't hook and peavy handles.
     
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    I would guess something like that would have been handy for sorting logs in a mill pond.
     
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    Looks like a planting tool of some sort. Pop it down into the soil, remove, drop in your seeds/sets/saplings...
     
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    I thought it was a diggin bar but it does look like one. Ifn the head was flatter and thicker I'd say so. Also the handle is wood and has that ball on the end
    I also think it is a loggin pike.
     
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    Stand-up dibble, for planting seedlings.

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    Old ice storage house ice block pryer aparter
     
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    That is just too danged technical @Seacapt. !

    ;)
     
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    Looks alot like the Peavey Pole we used to use, minus the maybe broken off side hook, out logging with the family for our winter heat as a kid.
     
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    When I was a kid we used a tool very similar to that in the garden on the runner bean rows to make holes to poke the sticks in that we had cut for the beans to run up on.
     
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    That's what I thought at first but there's no place where it looks like has anything broken off
     
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    Just saw this so I am chiming in...

    As others have said, this appears to be what is known as a jam pike - used for breaking apart log jams. The addition of a attached hook would make it a peavey. This type of jam pike could be used with a ring dog or "swing dingle" (a hook attached to a ring that would slip over the pole - and moved up and down to adjust to the size of a log) to roll logs. Ring dogs went out of style when peaveys and cant hooks with attached hooks came into common use.
     
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    This.
    Handle is not stout enough to pry with for a peavey and the head is all wrong for a pike pole or a peavey.
     
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    I disagree that the handle is not stout enough for a peavey. I have two cant hooks with original handles that are that thin - one from the American Logging Tool Company (ALTO) founded in 1911 in Evart, MI and another from its predecessor the Champion Logging Tool Company (existed 1904 - 1911). The head looks right for a socket peavey, but obviously doesn't have a hook on it; that's why I referred to it as a jam pike. Jam pikes went out of style after the invention of the peavey. Here is a link to some info and pictures of jam pikes and ring dogs/swing dingles that I mentioned in my previous post. (You need to scroll up to see the pics)
     
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    Thank you for that link.
    I am more than open to the possibility of being wrong.
     
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    Looks like it'd be a hell of a boar spear. If the steel is decent and will take/hold an edge.
    If so, rehaft it with a steel or iron cross piece at the join. It would be a wicked hunting tool.

    Jim L.
     
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    If you are a spear fan, theres some pretty good quality reproduction spears on the market, from Cold Steel and others.
     
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    Here's my theory:

    You stab it in the dirt and go forward and backward to widen the soil, drop in seed. If you flip it over after the last mentioned process you could push the ball in to get a 'rounder' hole.

    (Shrug)
     
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