Dec 28, 2011

Whatsit Wednesday - Mystery Tool Addition

Santa stuffed my stocking with this doodad and I have no idea what it is. The big jolly bastard was unavailable for comment and his little helper weren't no help at all.




The packaging offers some clues: it is fly tying related, made in India and contains lead.


I could do some interneting to find out..but it's more fun to ask our loyal readers. Can anyone help?

9 comments:

  1. I'd guess either a whip finisher or hackle pliers. Probably the latter because I can't figure out how the former would work. Maybe we should ask the 8 year old Indian child that made it.

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  2. Hackle pliers for sure, and a good one at that! Hate to say it, but more often than not, your hands work just as good, if not better.

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  3. I'd have to guess hackle pliers too. Even if you don't find out what it is, it looks cool.

    Mark

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  4. Hackle pliers for use on a rotary vise. But I agree with Gary.

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  5. Hackle pliers designed for parachute hackles (though you could use them on normal full hackles too). I have one and have never used it.

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  6. I have hackle pliers that are similar. I like to also use mine for holding wire and other excess material out of the way.

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  7. @Everyone: Sounds unanimous and you all agree with what I figured. Seems like something of marginal usability...can anyone give a good reason to have such a thing?

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  8. I am with Jay on this one. Good little tool to have if use primarily a full rotating vise. Simply hold the hackle up away from the eye of the hook and rotate your vise 360 degrees. Wraps the hackle around the hook for you so you don't manually have to wrap over and under the hook by hand. Different strokes for different folks!

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  9. You will definitely catch your lunker now!

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