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    What Tool Was This?

    Someone here will know what this tool is called and what it was used for. Head is approx 3-1/2” long. Logging came to mind when I saw it, but with its diminutive size maybe a blacksmithIng or fireplace tool. Any ideas on approx age? Thanks!
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    Im pretty sure it’s a miners pick... the log hooks had a curve like a fishing hook
    I’m from the PNW and logging is big around here and pretty sure that’s not associated with logging.

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    That looks like a damaged splitting froh....froe? For splitting logs into boards or splitting out shakes.
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    It does resemble a splitting froe, but from what I can tell via Google a froe has has a vertical cutting edge and this one is horizontal. Thanks for teaching me a new word (i.e., froe).

    Quote Originally Posted by Madmox View Post
    That looks like a damaged splitting froh....froe? For splitting logs into boards or splitting out shakes.

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    With the stated size it may be a crude hinge.
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    part of a strap hinge
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    The pointed part gets hammered into the beam/post. The looped end of hinge-or eyelet of gate sits over the pin.
    The upper one can point down/the lower can point up-this prevents the gate/door from being removed easily.
    Common find in the field/homestead sites.
    A real pain removing them from the barn timbers as a lot of the time the shanks will have barb groves along them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperj View Post
    The pointed part gets hammered into the beam/post. The looped end of hinge-or eyelet of gate sits over the pin.
    The upper one can point down/the lower can point up-this prevents the gate/door from being removed easily.
    Common find in the field/homestead sites.
    A real pain removing them from the barn timbers as a lot of the time the shanks will have barb groves along them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperj View Post

    The pointed part gets hammered into the beam/post. The looped end of hinge-or eyelet of gate sits over the pin.
    The upper one can point down/the lower can point up-this prevents the gate/door from being removed easily.
    Common find in the field/homestead sites.
    A real pain removing them from the barn timbers as a lot of the time the shanks will have barb groves along them.
    Exactly!
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    Thank you to those that took the time to reply with possible ID's and of course a big thank you to pepperj and DCMatt for nailing the ID *with* a photo too! You guys are awesome.
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