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BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???

Donuel 31 Dec 15 - 07:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 15 - 07:23 PM
Gallus Moll 31 Dec 15 - 08:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Dec 15 - 10:29 PM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Jan 16 - 02:24 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 01 Jan 16 - 09:18 AM
GUEST,leeneia 01 Jan 16 - 09:49 AM
Rapparee 01 Jan 16 - 04:29 PM
Sandra in Sydney 01 Jan 16 - 06:49 PM
maeve 01 Jan 16 - 07:26 PM
Gallus Moll 01 Jan 16 - 07:29 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Donuel
Date: 31 Dec 15 - 07:23 PM

Ours spawn one more every 10 years


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 15 - 07:23 PM

You don't see a guy for months on end, then you utter the word "spatula" and he turns up within a few minutes.

I'm sure those spatulas arrived at the aquarium through honest, and possibly disastrous, routes. Such as the contents of flooded homes washing downstream, and the spatulas rose to the top of the current to be picked up. Who would discard a perfectly good spatula?


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 31 Dec 15 - 08:51 PM

Have spirtles (spurtles) been mentioned in this thread? (sorry, too late at night to trawl all the way through it to check---) Most Scots at least have one or more in their kitchen implement container(s)----


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Dec 15 - 10:29 PM

I have one of those. Never figured out how it would actually work, there isn't much to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 02:24 AM

but they are very elegant and practical

sandra (who does not own a spurtle but will check out the woodworkers at Easter)


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 09:18 AM

To borrow a phrase from Billy Bob Thornton's character Karl in Slingblade:

"Some call it a spurtle. Some call it a stick. I call it a stick."


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 09:49 AM

I own 8 spatulas. Two of them (small and yellow) were only used for cat food. Sad to say, we lost our dear Little Lady to kidney failure 10 days ago. I miss her.

Two other spatulas are large, strong, and can handle high heat. They looked like a good idea in the store, but proved to be of little use.   

Sometimes, especially when we are having a dinner party, all eight spatulas get used.

I think that a person can spend lots of money on a fancy stove or glamorous countertops and not add much pleasure to their cooking. But buying a $6 spatula rather than a $2 spatula will make a lot of difference.   
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About spurtles - are you sure someone isn't having you on? They look like bodhran tippers.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 04:29 PM

Please define "spatula," with pictures and diagrams.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 06:49 PM

Leeneia wrote About spurtles - are you sure someone isn't having you on? They look like bodhran tippers.

The Irish must have been inspired by the Scots!


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: maeve
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 07:26 PM

Spurtles are real, and quite useful when you need to continually stir.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 07:29 PM

a spirtle/spurtle /spurtil is for stirring porridge (or anything else) while it is coming to the boil - which I imagine all Scots know.

- can also mean a wooden or iron 'spattle' for turning bread in firing

a spurtle-braid is a wooden 'spattle' for turning bread in firing

I hadn't heard of the spattle till I checked my Scots dictionary -- - maybe the precursor of a spatula?

NB Sandra - a spurtle is not balanced in the same way as a bodhran tipper! Definitely used for stirring


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 08:59 PM

The spattle-braid is for braided bread, presumably.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: GUEST,Gallus moll
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 09:24 PM

Dinna ken!


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Bill D
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 10:15 PM

spatula (n.) Look up spatula at Dictionary.com
    1520s (from early 15c. as a type of medical instrument), from Latin spatula "broad piece, spatula," diminutive of spatha "broad, flat tool or weapon," from Greek spathe "broad flat blade (used by weavers)" (see spade (n.1)). Erroneous form spattular is attested from c. 1600.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: maeve
Date: 02 Jan 16 - 05:45 AM

"braid" in this case means "broad" rather than plaited.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 07:31 PM

There was a thread at one time where we posted links to various items that we couldn't identify as far as function or name. It was about the time of this spatula thread, so I'll pull it up and if nothing else it's like old-home-week looking at who all posted. I'm willing to bet Bill D knows where the other thread is because he posted some pretty odd items there.

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 07:42 PM

I've never seen one but the "Stanley 66-525" from your photos reveal it is a "Stanley Hex-A-Matic", apparently a type of nut driver.

See This on YouTube


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Stanron
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 08:03 PM

It might be an automatically adjustable nut runner. Push down to grip and then turn.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Aug 19 - 09:48 PM

That video shows it exactly. I could have looked it up but I'm working on something (putting my office back together after ceiling reconstruction) and just took time to snap the photos and load them to link.

This one came from my father's house, it has been out in my garage in a tool chest with screwdrivers and I only noticed today that it was something other than a reversible driver of some sort.

So what oddball tools are sitting there waiting to be discovered in your tool chests?


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:50 AM

Oddball tools? I've got a dozen.

My favourite is the haemostatic forceps I swiped from my last military place of duty some 40 years ago. Amazingly useful.

There's also the brass pull-through for cleaning rifles, which makes a great plumb line, and a brad awl for making pilot holes. And a small hand drill.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 03:41 PM

I inherited a few tools from my dad which I thought were odd, outdated or obsolete only to find, courtesy of Google, that they're still being made and sold, albeit in more modern manifestations.

These pics are of newer versions. Mine are 60+ year old antiques.

Radiator hose clamp pliers: I thought the type of clamp these were made for had been done away with years ago.

Split-blade screwdriver: The two blades get compressed together in the screw slot, holding the screw tightly for one-handed work. Better than magnetic screwdrivers because they work on nonferrous screws. But they're only for straight-slot screws.

Fence/chicken wire splicing pliers: I used to join pieces of fencing by twisting small pieces of wire. Now I use my antique pliers and clips. The pliers are only suitable for a specific type of clip, of which I only have 100 or so left. Once they're gone, I'll probably have to update to a newer version.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 04:50 PM

I actually have a bunch of new spatulas since this thread first ran. Now that they're being made out of silicone and don't melt on the edge of hot pans I've expanded to various sizes and shapes. My favorite ones cost about $1.39 at the neighborhood restaurant supply store.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 05:44 PM

Only 1 in my small studio flat - game of inches!


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Bill D
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 09:35 PM

Couldn't open this thread the other day or I'd have agreed with the nut driver theory. I even have several similar or related items.

Yes...I have some odd tools. I'll see if I can get images of some.. (too bad the WWW changes so much that my spatula pics are gone.)

I also have a couple of kitchen gadgets that are not common any more.

I guess I'll have to remind myself that I have some Dropbox storage space to post images.


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Subject: RE: BS: How Many Spatulas Do YOU Own???
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 19 - 10:07 PM

As I move all of my office stuff back into my office (including my Dad's music collection) I found an item in a paper bag that I know is musical in nature, it's something of Dad's. I'll photograph it and post it tomorrow.


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