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Here's another tool... and some questions along the the same line.Obviously an axe.But, what type of axe? Why?And, why are there grooves in the handle?[attachment=15244]
Apparently not all double-bitted axe heads are the same.This is a photo from E-Bay. But, notice that one axe head is virtually flat on one side (like the one above).[attachment=15248]Why?Still no comments on the grooves in the axe handle?
I presume there is one mark per tree...But, I'm told that there is a different reason for the marks as they aren't created with a pocket knife.
They all.oat look burned in...?
Old steel would blunt quickly after much use - my uncle used to get his chisels redone (he was a cabinet maker since before wwii - now sadly gone). He claimed that over time the whacking used to make all the steel the same all over - the body of the chisel would go brittle from being soft and flexible and the tip would become soft from being hard and brittle. whether this was an old wives tale I do not know
Is it made of graphite?
I note that both graphite and brass are used as electrical conductors, but I don't know hat this object is for. Could it be the carbon rod from a leclanche cell?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leclanch%C3%A9_cell
Unfortunately I haven't taken apart many larger alkaline batteries. At about 6" long, it would be tall for a lantern battery, and everything I see indicate that at least the modern 6V batteries are made of multiple independent smaller cells wired together.
Could it be the carbon rod from a leclanche cell?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leclanch%C3%A9_cell
Quote from: CliffordK on 23/09/2011 16:04:25Unfortunately I haven't taken apart many larger alkaline batteries. At about 6" long, it would be tall for a lantern battery, and everything I see indicate that at least the modern 6V batteries are made of multiple independent smaller cells wired together.The voltage put out by a galvanic cell depends on the chemical reaction that takes place when electricity is generated. The maximum possible for any practical system is around 2.5 volt, and most of the practical cells produce about 1.5 volt. (Lead-Acid as in a car battery is 2.0 volt). So any 6 volt battery must consist of 3 or 4 cells wired in series.But we are here looking at a rather old artifact, so 6 volt is probably rather irrelevant. I think that Bored Chemist's suggestionQuote from: Bored chemist on 23/09/2011 12:20:05Could it be the carbon rod from a leclanche cell?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leclanch%C3%A9_cellis the least problematic of the various suggestions so far put forward.The fluted profile is consistent with trying to maximise the surface area of an electrode, while maintaining the mechanical integrity of a rather fragile material.
Clifford, can you measure its resistance?
Anyway, the resistance in the wires of the meter seems to be about 0.3 ohms.
The Earths moon seems to have grown rather it looks about the size of Mars.