What is this tool and how is it used?

Can anyone identify this kitchen gadget?

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Bill F. June 19, 2012
Wow talk about a single use tool... Pointless

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allans June 19, 2012
I worked at Crate&Barrel for many years, what you have is a french slicer for
Green Beans. You pull the beans through
To create the long narrow slices.
Burnt O. June 19, 2012
What's the ratchet in the middle of the handle for?
allans June 25, 2012
I have no idea. The ones we offered didn't have a handle. Perhaps it contributes to a comfortable grip? I aways thought it seemed ridiculous to me as well, along with strawberry hullers and shrimp deveiners...
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