What is this wooden tool?

Discussion in 'Tools' started by busryde, Nov 20, 2021.

  1. busryde

    busryde Active Member

    I believe it's maple, around 18". I would imagine for sewing,knitting,crocheting, etc. 20211105_214310.jpg
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  2. LauraGarnet02

    LauraGarnet02 Well-Known Member

    Maybe some kind of an awl..?
    Or a dibble..?
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  3. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    It's a marlin spike.
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  4. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    Who knows? Just a guess..............."Garden Dibber" for planting seeds?

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  5. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    I was going on the markings on the tool for depth gauges. Usually Marlin spikes are metal.
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  6. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    They were wood for hundreds of years.
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  7. LauraGarnet02

    LauraGarnet02 Well-Known Member

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  8. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, Go figure, I used my Marlin Spike for gardening - LOL!!!!!!!!!!
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  9. busryde

    busryde Active Member

    Yes, I think Holly is correct, found some very similar images listed online as marlin spikes. Every time I find an old interesting piece of wood, I buy it. Then learn later about its utility. From what i've read they are used in tying knots for sailing, used to unthread knots, basically a sailor's tool. Thanks yall!
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  10. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member


    "What is the difference between a FID and a marlin spike"

    The distinction between fid and marlinspike is a little fuzzy. Essentially the fid, typically made of a natural material, is employed when working with fibrous ropes and lines. The marlinspike, typically made of steel, is employed when working with wire cables. ... It was used to separate the strands of rope for splicing.
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  11. LauraGarnet02

    LauraGarnet02 Well-Known Member

  12. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

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  13. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Fid is a member....
    marlin spike has yet to join...

  14. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    OH I'm either going to Hell or getting banned - "But" he seems happy.......

    Sorry - I chickened out -
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  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Ah.... the fid, I did wonder. Useful info, thanks Rayo.:joyful:
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  16. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    In basketry, another distinction between a marlin spike (or bodkin) and a fid - a spike/bodkin is just a solid, tapered, pointy thing. You push it into the rope (or between basketry rods or bundles) to create an opening, remove it, and put another strand through the opening before it closes. (You can also shove the bodkin to the side to try to hold the space open.) A fid has a groove, so that you can push it into place, and it maintains the opening while you thread another element through the groove. Then you pull the fid out. The terminology seems variable, and perhaps craft-specific. An awl is a smaller version of the basic spike/bodkin, but because of the smaller point it needs a larger handle to fit in the hand.

    A fid:
    fid (640x217).jpg
  17. Firemandk

    Firemandk Well-Known Member

    Those are a bunch of Odd Bodkins ! ( Not often you can use that in proper context these days !)
  18. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    "Odds bodkins" is an expression meaning God's body. Whoda thunkit?
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  19. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Splicing 20" hemp cable:
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  20. LauraGarnet02

    LauraGarnet02 Well-Known Member

    That rope is humongous!
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