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Offline Navaja

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Strange chopper from Spain...
« on: September 07, 2022, 12:45:39 PM »

  Hello all,
       It's a bit of a long shot as the use for this is probably going to be something regional, obscure & long lost in history!
       I found it in the south of Spain (Andalusia) & haven't been able to find anyone who knows it's use.

       As can be seen it has a "hatchet", sharpened on one edge as a hatchet would be but it also has the long part on top which appears to only have been sharp at the tip, like a chisel or scraper except shaped, not sure if that's intentional or poor sharpening. It tapers nicely.

       18" long (the image isn't at an angle, it's straight on the taper making it look as though it's not).









Marked (just!) as CARRASCO HERMANOS (Carrasco brothers).


       This is certainly a strange one!  😉




     

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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2022, 05:23:05 PM »
Have you checked what they grew in that region? It might be a harvesting tool.
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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2022, 06:07:00 PM »
check the "billhook" collectors  club on Facebook. they find some odd stuff
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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2022, 02:00:46 PM »
Have you checked what they grew in that region? It might be a harvesting tool.
     Yes I think it's a harvesting tool but what? 
     I've Googled all I can think of but I'll run through them.
     Now & historically -
Oranges & lemons
Grapes
Olives
Advocados
Cotton
Tobacco
Sugar cane
Chirimoya (custard apple)
Mango
Sunflowers
Asparagus
Chestnuts
Almonds
Walnuts
Figs
And of course, not a fruit but cork from the Holm oak. It's not a cork tool.

I'm sure I'll have missed something....... 😃

Thank you.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2022, 02:05:54 PM by Navaja »

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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2022, 02:04:33 PM »
check the "billhook" collectors  club on Facebook. they find some odd stuff

     Thanks, I'll try that.   
     I've contacted "Billhooks UK" which is an amazing website but I'm not sure it's still in operation as I haven't had a reply yet.

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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2022, 05:08:08 PM »
There was a chisel like tool used for harvesting asparagus, but I have not seen one with a cleaver on it though.  It could be a possibility of a local variation.

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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2022, 08:15:26 PM »
How about coconuts?
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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2022, 06:00:25 PM »
There was a chisel like tool used for harvesting asparagus, but I have not seen one with a cleaver on it though.  It could be a possibility of a local variation.

      Thanks.
      Yes, I've seen a long chisel type blade for Asparagus & I think so far this is the best guess, I imagine the cleaver could be for leveling up a bunch? Maybe!

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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2022, 06:02:13 PM »
How about coconuts?
 
   We don't have coconuts growing here but of course the tool doesn't necessarily have to come from this region.
    Thanks.

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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2022, 06:12:07 PM »
How about tobacco?
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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2022, 04:48:29 PM »
An awkward tool to use, but I can envision, first slice off then chop up in small pieces. Like maybe corn stalks for fodder... or sugar cane.
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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2022, 02:15:46 PM »
How about tobacco?
     I don't know, do you have any examples of tobacco tools?

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Re: Strange chopper from Spain...
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2022, 02:19:28 PM »
An awkward tool to use, but I can envision, first slice off then chop up in small pieces. Like maybe corn stalks for fodder... or sugar cane.
Joe B
      It does look awkward to use doesn't it 😄.
      There was sugar cane grown here but the only sharps I've seen used for cane are machete type blades...