Thursday, December 23, 2010
Well, after the last mystery object played itself out, there was a request for a new one.
So, for Philip, and anyone else who likes a mystery, here it is:
Approximately 5 1/2" long and...
...it has a storage compartment in the handle.
It's very well made with some nice details such as the tiny decorative marks on the ferrel and the rings on the handle. The only other markings I could find were a somewhat cryptic group of awl pricks on the butt end which I am fairly certain spell out "B.H." - they were definitely done by hand and not too neatly, so I don't think they are the maker's mark, but rather a previous owner.
At first I was thinking it was some kind of multi-tool, but there is no chuck, so any attachments would need to hook onto the loop somehow. Also, the storage compartment is pretty small, more along the lines of drill bits etc., and I don't see how those would hook onto the loop anyway.