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What is this tool for?

Can anyone tell me what this tool is for?

 

I came across it all rusted and thought it was some type of pliers or cutter. After I cleaned it up I could tell it was probably neither. What I thought was a plier jaw is actually one piece and does not close and what i thought maybe the cutting blade, actually had lines and numbers, like a ruler.

The one small screw that the spring is attached to, will allow you to adjust how far the jaw/cutter will close and the other screw, when loosened a bit allows you to slide the little metal 'arm' in or out, like a measuring template.

It has some fancy designs on the handles as you can see and the only marking says "Made in Western Germany".

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millsy22 (author) 10 months ago
Thanks for the quick and accurate responses. I want losing sleep over not knowing but I was pretty curious.

Would it be asking too much if I also asked if anyone could explain (or show via video maybe) how it was/is used.

Thanks
This was the closest I could find. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrktGF6X2WQ
iceng10 months ago
While it could be a saw tooth bender with
adjustment or bend limits with the spring screw able to limit the closing the handles.
I do not believe the pressing adjustable S steel is stiff enough for a saw.

Instead this could be a tool to stepwise roll  or partially bend a metal or hardboard foil.
Not just straight line but in a curved arc.
MrRedBeard iceng10 months ago
iceng MrRedBeard10 months ago
I have been educated :-)
MrRedBeard iceng10 months ago
I hope I didn't come off like a jerk.
iceng MrRedBeard10 months ago
Not at all.
I really enjoy learning new tools.

When at a garage-sale..  I enjoy mentally understanding the weird gadgets
that people are trying to sell.
MrRedBeard iceng10 months ago
Now that sounds like a great hobby. I love estate sales for all of the randomness and weird.
MrRedBeard10 months ago
Ok definitely a saw maintenance tool.
http://www.fannosaw.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=44&zenid=1e078850000bf1fe6a5d76e202cd54d7
MrRedBeard10 months ago
It kinda looks like a farm castration tool.

Oh found references. They're pliers used in logging? Maybe for straightening teeth on a saw blade?

See TLC0018 http://www.boltsantiquetools.com/tool_lovers_club_tlc001-tlc0025.html

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98249589/antique-tool-plier-specialty-no-100