Most People Can’t Guess What This Common Tool Was Used For. Will You Be The First?

The world of social media has allowed us to scan our old photos, and upload them so that we can share them with the world. Some of these images have created such nostalgia that they have actual been known to building friendships and led us to reconnect with old friends. One of those is the hit theme on Facebook known as “Throwback Thursday,” where people post photos from long ago. It’s always fun to see how the styles and times have changed and it’s quite interesting to remember those old schoolmates in an old class photos. There is nothing quite like seeing some old photos from the eighties. The big hair, puffy shoulder pads and bright colors will send us right back into the memories from those days.

Even old music has a way of changing our mood, sending us back to an era from long ago. Hearing an old love song by Patsy Cline, may pull up a memory of a love lost long ago.

But what about those old tools and appliances? Every now and then an old photo of a vintage tool pops up, and really makes us appreciate the modern tools we have today.

On a site known a “Do You Remember,” an image is posted of something that appears to be an old tool. But, can you guess what it is?

Some may think it’s an old garden tool, meant to dig up dirt or old flowers. Others may think it’s designed to pull apart a clam shell. It certainly looks similar to some type of a shovel. But is it dangerous with that threatening sharp triangular edge?

Can you guess what this item is?

The truth behind this mysterious image is that it’s a vintage oil can opener spout. I bet the tin man from The Wizard of Oz would find this little handy as he begged his friends to squirt that much needed oil on his limbs.

These old school opener spouts were created to open tins of turbine engine oil and they are made with a sheet metal spout. The tip of the spout had a point end that was made to pierce the top of the tin, which then gave you access to the oil.

If you look really closely, the shape of the tool is somewhat similar to those tools that are used to crack open those cans of juice. They opening results in a puncture that is in the shape of a triangle.

Nowadays, if an oil can opener is still even used, we can imagine it would be a lot smaller. As time goes on, tools like this tend to become more compact and take up less space. New inventors find ways to create tools that are just as useful, if not more, with less supplies needed. If you search online long enough, you will see that there are several vintage oil can openers and over the years, they have in fact, gotten smaller.

Credits: Dawn White, Awm

This particular oil spout opener, dates back to the 1980s, so while it’s vintage, it’s surprisingly not too terribly old.


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