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Mystery Gadget 15

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Here are various specimens of the same type of device. What was it?

Hint: once very common in almost every household.

Answer after the jump.



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An ice block shaver/planer.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 12, 2013 | Number of Comments: 8
Category: Technology
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Cool! Literally
Posted by Jim on 02/12/13 at 07:37 AM
Mom grew up on the plains of Nebraska and she and her mother kept nearly every little gadget used when they lived there. I don't recall seeing anything like the planer. I would have guessed a candle trimmer.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 02/12/13 at 10:05 AM
I used one of these to make shaved ice/snow cones back in the 70's.
VERY dangerous! blood flavored snow cones don't sell. big surprise
Posted by Tyrusguy on 02/12/13 at 10:45 AM
It is am ice shaver, a favorite with Bronx New York street vendors of snow cones. This is how I had my first Pina Colada
Posted by Tony in Erie Pa on 02/12/13 at 12:56 PM
@Tyrusguy: Did you try the Vampiric crowd?
Posted by Fluffy Bunny Slippers on 02/12/13 at 07:48 PM
I can't picture how it is used. Don't think I'd do well with it though if it is that sharp, I tend to be a bit clumsy.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 02/13/13 at 07:51 AM
@FBS Vampires were not as popular in the 70's and my stand was only open during the day, So..no. LOL
Posted by Tyrusguy on 02/13/13 at 08:13 AM
The point goes forward and the shavings fill up the hollow body of the device. As mentioned, be careful how you secure the block of ice 'cause if you hold it with your hand you can easily end up planing your hand instead of the ice. I have one I use every summer. Got it at the Mexican grocery store.
Posted by Miles on 02/13/13 at 11:37 AM
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