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. Vivienne says:

    With all the detergent clues, I'll say laundry agitator

  2. Vivienne says:

    With all the detergent clues, I’ll say laundry agitator

  3. Kris says:

    clothes washing aid

  4. James Baker says:

    A agitator for washing laundry in a tub of wash water back in the GOOD OLD DAYS.

  5. Ray says:

    Era, Gain, Shout, Cheer, Tide…. it helps to wash your clothes.

  6. Larry says:

    Laudry agitator or a crab catcher

  7. Carla says:

    I believe we still have one of these up at mother's farmhouse, and yes if memory serves me correct, it was indeed used as an agitator for washing clothes.

  8. mark says:


  9. dmcochran says:

    A tool for taking coals from a fireplace.

  10. ryan says:


  11. Sue says:

    A manure picker upper

  12. ed sindelar says:

    an iron

  13. Heidi Bibey says:

    cover of some kind

  14. bowermikey says:

    It is a laundry aid used in the late 1800's.

  15. winm4 says:

    laundry agitator

  16. JDavid says:

    Just to cover my bases, I'll say its for laundry too.

  17. Brett says:

    Definitely a tool to do laundry with a hint like that!

  18. @NKJoseph626 says:

    It's an old laundry agitator. Still use one.

  19. On the Path says:

    It is an Antique Double Plunger Vented Washer / Agitator from about the 1880s : )

  20. Laura M says:

    Impractical past potty plunger , perhaps :)

  21. Richard says:

    old tyme laundry plunger

  22. paula_r says:

    Definitely an old hand-held agitator for doing laundry in a tub or sink

  23. Larry says:

    Like they said, from the hint, its obviously some type of clothes washer/agitator for laundering purposes.

  24. ScottZuke says:

    It's the first toilet plunger!

  25. JerryLR says:

    I think it is a tray used to cary plaster when doing lathe and plaster.


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