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What is this mysterious culinary tool?

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A friend of mine was availing herself of various and sundry kitchen do-dads (I scored a fantastic cleaver and some vicious looking butchering knives) and we found this in the pile. Its about the size of a pair of scissors, and is spring loaded and adjustable. It was suggested that perhaps its a pie edger, but that action seemed very awkward, unless its the elusive left handed pie edger that novice cooks are often sent to find their first week on the job.

asked by Aliwaks almost 6 years ago

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added almost 6 years ago

It sounds like gardening shears. Are you sure its for the kitchen?

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boulangere

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added almost 6 years ago

Can you post a photo?

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amysarah

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added almost 6 years ago

My mother used to have a poultry shear that sounds like your description (i.e., scissor made to cut through bones to cut up a chicken, duck...)

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ChefJune

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added almost 6 years ago

sounds like my poultry shears. but it would be helpful to see a photo.

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added almost 6 years ago

Hey.. nope not poultry shears its not very sharp and the bottom is very spoon-like

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added almost 6 years ago

Ahh sorry I thought I put the photo up.

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amysarah

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added almost 6 years ago

Ah, okay - now that I see the picture, definitely not poultry shears.

I'm stumped. Looks more like some kind of serving implement maybe?

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Amanda Hesser

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added almost 6 years ago

Does the top half of the "scissors" have a sharp edge? If so, wondering if it's for cracking lobster claws -- since the top half seems designed to look like a lobster claw.

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SKK
added almost 6 years ago

Yes, I agree it is for cracking lobster claws.

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added almost 6 years ago

YES, it does have a sharp! Amanda you may have figured it out, so you'd stick the spoon part on to the claw and press down to crack the shell, then slide the meat out with the spoon-y thing....I kept thinking the wavy edge had a function, but maybe its just decorative

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amysarah

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added almost 6 years ago

The wavy edge may be decorative (resembles lobster claw) but also functional - since it's pointed, maybe you use it like a pick, to dig in and extract the claw meat. The wavy shape could make it a little easier to shimmy it in and maneuver it around.

Quite a contraption.

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boulangere

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added almost 6 years ago

Go get a lobster and try it out!

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added almost 6 years ago

It might also be a clam opener. I have one something like that, called a Clam Ram, which i bought after seeing it on Food 52.

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ChefJune

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added almost 6 years ago

A "Clam Ram?" I'd buy that for the name alone!!!

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