Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Black & Decker Hedge Trimmer

We fooled a lot of people last week.  Hardly anyone correctly guessed that the Toolsday mystery gadget was a combination can opener and knife sharpener.  Many people thought it was a tool used to lift the lid off a pot-belly stove, some thought it was a rug-making hook and others guessed that it was a pick for cleaning horse hoofs.  

We randomly picked one winner from all the comments. The lucky winner is JohnB, who thought it was used to pry oyster and clam shells open. Congrats, JohnB. You have one week to reply to our email before we choose another winner.

Next Tuesday, we will be giving away a Black & Decker lithium hedge trimmer. This powerful tool can hack off branches up to 3/4-inch thick. It comes equipped with a 36V rechargeable lithium battery so it holds a charge five times longer than standard batteries. And it has a more powerful transmission than most trimmers its size. 

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To enter the Black & Decker hedge trimmer giveaway, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what this old-timey tool was used for? You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner from this post.

On Tuesday, June 12, we will select the winner then start up a new giveaway for another tool, which will be given away the Tuesday after that.

You have until June 12, 2012, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the hedge trimmer.  

Official Rules.

1,936 Responses

  1. rick says:

    yep–eye glass thingee, for sure!

  2. jenniferedit says:

    Hmm…after seeing other comments, I have to say that I think that the people who think it was an old way of measuring glass prescriptions is a good guess. However, I was also thinking of something to do with solar…perhaps from the recent eclipse and today's passing of Venus that can be seen in front of the sun…but I'm not sure how the item in that image would work for that!

  3. Evelyn says:

    It looks somewhat like an old time magnifying instrument

  4. Gary123X says:

    Simple optometer

  5. Ken S says:

    Early surveyors tool?

  6. Arnold says:

    something a eye Doctor would know how to use

  7. Nancy says:

    antique optometer

  8. ron armstrong says:

    some kind of measuring dodad maybe for an eye doctor

  9. MIKES_MACHINE says:

    This weeks antique is an optometer. It is an instrument for measuring ocular refraction, the power and range of vision of your eye.

  10. BRUCE D. says:


  11. Rough_n says:

    Its called an optometer. Used by eye doctors back in the day to see what strength lens you needed for your glasses

  12. Sandra Brower says:

    Antique Stereoscope card reader/picture viewer

  13. Sara N says:

    A tool for creating maps.

  14. DarrenM says:

    Antique microscope

  15. Mary Sattler says:

    Looks like something to measure an eye glass prescription.

  16. Duane says:

    It measures the optical distance for a lens grinder.

  17. vickersr says:

    It could be an eye doctor scope.

  18. Edward says:

    Early tool used by eye doctor….is it clearer now?

  19. Cherie says:

    It is definitely a scope for maybe a telescope

  20. Elaine says:

    A scope of some kind.

  21. Richard says:

    I think it is something from the past that a sailor would use to chart the distance from one point to another

    • carolyn gibbs says:

      richard didnt post that I just posted that why did it come up under richard?

  22. NatB says:


  23. Lynn says:

    I had the same idea as MichaelJ. Perhaps a solar corona viewer?

  24. Richard says:

    It’s a microfilm reader from WWI of course.

  25. MichaelJ says:

    looks like you would look around the sun by blocking the sun with the adjustable item on the shaft.


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