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Spatula, Prince of Darkness

Okay, last one. I have six round ones and five square ones. They are all flat, bent where they flair and have a little hook at the end (see the one in my hand). They’re all made of really nice stainless, so I hope I can grind them into something useful.

So. A) What are they, really? And B) What can I turn them into, with a little effort?

Thanks everyone for your help identifying these things. Good explanations, ridiculous ones — all are welcome.


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: May 16, 2018, 10:40 pm

Skin and muscle lifter uppers?

Comment from tonycc
Time: May 16, 2018, 11:03 pm

Sweet bread scoops, service for 6 with one piece missing.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 16, 2018, 11:11 pm

One day you’re going to die — we all are. But no one will be selling off our estate and saying, what the hell were they into???

Comment from RimrockR
Time: May 16, 2018, 11:43 pm

Offset spatulas for cupcake decorating!

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: May 16, 2018, 11:48 pm

With some grinding on concrete and a bit of tape wrapping the handle they’d make some nice prison shanks.

That should keep Uncle B. in his hole for awhile.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 17, 2018, 2:07 am

You could use them for painting. I don’t know what the technique is called, but I’m sure you do. Sure uses a lot of paint, though.

Comment from catnip
Time: May 17, 2018, 3:43 am

Looks like they’d make decent weeding tools. You could also drill holes in the business ends, add fishing line, wooden or metal dowels, plus a hook and chain to create a tinkly wind chime.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 17, 2018, 4:08 am

Well, those things will keep the lambs silent for sure….

Comment from p2
Time: May 17, 2018, 4:43 am

these i cant help ya with….. they look like sealant spoons for spreading sealant in wing integral fuel tanks where the aircraft skin is actually the outside of the tank. gotta seal the rivets, seams, and all or it leaks. same with pressure bulkheads, windows or anywhere air inside may get outside…. careful grinding stainless… it gets waaaay hot.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 17, 2018, 8:36 am

Did anyone have Margot Kidder? She has died in her sleep. She was only 69 years old. RIP, Ms. Kidder.

Comment from F X Muldoon
Time: May 17, 2018, 11:24 am

Mrs. Compton is pretty much right; they are Hohmann retractors, they come in a variety of sizes and slightly different shapes, and are used to pull muscle and other tissue away from bone during procedures.

Full disclosure, as it is over 30 years since I was told by an attending to pull on one of these, I had to look up the spelling. Surgical instruments are fascinating in their variety (and some would give Torquemada bad ideas), there are things called “spoons”, but I knew a guy who used an actual stainless steel serving spoon because he found it perfect for gall bladder retraction.

Back to the Hohmanns – They are often bent into needed shapes, so that is something you can consider. They could be used in food prep or cooking – imagine, for instance, how easy it would be to stuff a pork chop with Uncle B (or vice versa) holding it apart with these. Personally, I have bent a cheap ass fork into a similar shape to fix some car interior trim. Anything you need to lift up, pull apart, or hold apart, but for which your hands are too big or you don’t want to get slobbed up with something, these are your ticket.

Comment from Janna
Time: May 17, 2018, 1:19 pm

They would be great for mosaics. Grout clean-up, moving tesserae around without getting your fingers gunked up. I may look for a set on E-Bay. I’m using dental tools now, but, these look more substantial.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 17, 2018, 4:18 pm

All you need now is some surgical saws.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 17, 2018, 7:08 pm

So I wasn’t the only one – Janna thought grout too.
But obviously THESE are for putting the finishing touches on the grout in the trans continental military underground tunnels here in the US. They were bought at a cost of $200,00 per tool from the low bid contractor on the project.

Sheesh, anyone would know that.

As you can see, I’ve been talking to someone who I used to think was sane before I got on today… therefore really, Ima vote for Mrs. Compton and Dr. Muldoon.

And now, back to the study of hashing algorithms because I’ve run out of Internet.

Comment from Jimbro
Time: May 19, 2018, 2:41 pm

Baby Hohmann and Baby Bennett retractors as Dr. Muldoon reports. Useful for lifting periosteum and muscle off of bone while you work on it. These are good for metacarpals and kid’s bones. They make full size versions for bigger bones. If you want the big version leave the “Baby” part out.

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