Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Leatherman Multi-Tool

In order to be eligible to win last Toolsday’s (a.k.a. Tuesday) prize, we asked you to guess the identity of a strange-looking tool.  We had a large variety of answers, everything from a cigar cutter, to a flag-pole holder to an oar lock. But, none of these were correct. Last week’s mystery tool was corn sheller.  

We randomly picked one winner from all the comments and that lucky person is Janell Lee from Virginia Beach, VA., who thought it was a very intricate set of pliers.  Not even close Janell, but you still win.

Next Tuesday we’re giving away a Leatherman Surge multi-tool.  One of Leatherman’s deluxe models, the Surge has 21 different tools in one handy, compact design. Just to name a few; you get 2 types of pliers, 3 different wire cutters, 2 knives, 2 drivers, a saw, scissors and the all-important bottle opener. This stainless steel workhorse weighs less than a pound and come with a 25-year warranty.    

To enter the Leatherman giveaway, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what the old thing pictured below is used for.  Hint: Each era all should gain an extra shout and cheer when the tide goes out. You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner from this post.

DIY Network needs your help designing a kitchen.  We’re completely renovating a historic home on the coast of Maine for this year’s Blog Cabin.  The circa 1884 home sits on 51 acres and has its own private beach – simply gorgeous.  Right now we’re planning the kitchen layout and design, and we’re letting our fans have some input on the project. Please take a moment to help us decide on the appliances, cabinet finish, backsplash and more.   

On Tuesday, January 31, we will select the winner of the Leatherman then start up a new giveaway for another tool, which will be given away the Tuesday after that.

You have until January 31, 2012, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the Leatherman multi-tool

Official Rules.

1,052 Responses

  1. Holly says:

    I’m going with the “flow” it’s a hand and arm driven agitator used with the gavlanized wash tubs of yester year. We sure didn’t news spas and gyms to stay in shape with wash days of old!

  2. Cindi says:

    My guess is that it was used to scoop some time of feed for
    farm animals…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  3. pmy0451 says:

    It is for moving laundry, my grandmother used to use one when she did her laundry in the claw foot bathtub.

  4. Chuck Feldmann says:

    It's a lundry agitator

  5. nanann54 says:

    It's for stamping out peat from the bogs. Dry the peat bricks and use them for heat.

  6. Larry B says:

    pooper scooper for horses

  7. Dominic says:

    Looks like an oyster shucker. When the tide rolls out you can get to the oysters easier.

  8. Eric W. says:

    It's a manual laundry agitator.

  9. Susan P. says:

    Manual hand washing machine

  10. makeroom says:

    It's a double plunger washer agitator vented so the soap stays down and the user doesn't get splashed.

  11. JDavid says:

    It looks like a water basin for washing high windows, like church windows. I think they are trying to deceive us by displaying the item upside down.

  12. alexnsacto says:

    It' the New and approved ( Ocean Outfit Washer ) ,comes complete with a bucket of suds.Wait theres more, right now we'll double your order………………. just pay extra shipping and handling charges..

  13. cmerchant says:

    i think you carry bricks in it

  14. Tim Deyton says:

    Antique laundry scoop

  15. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Looks like a pan to sweep off the beach the clams and crabs and such that washed up with hide tide and were left behind when the tide went out. That way people didn't have to bend over to get them. Don't really know though, just a guess.

  16. patrick says:

    cloth diaper washer

  17. halftanked says:

    Looks like a fireplace ash collector to me.

  18. LindaSue H. says:

    I agree with the ones above who said it is a agitator for washing clothes.

  19. crusty says:

    It's a fireplace pan.

  20. Micah says:

    For washing clothes

  21. WEDGIE2009 says:

    a mouse trap

  22. Nan109 says:

    Let's see. All, shout, tide, gain. I see a theme here. I'm guessing that it is some type of agitator for a pre-electric washing machine, aka washing tub. I'll not complain about doing my laundry after imagining doing it with this thing. It seems a step back from the rock in the stream, altho quite handy for those not close to the riverbank. And as a bonus you get not only clean clothes but toned arms as well.

  23. Debbie says:

    Used to wash clothes.

  24. Pat Hoffmeister says:

    It's a long-handled dust pan.


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