Mystery kitchen device with three finger loops, one attached to a sliding rod that passes through a ring

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This is an oddball question but I am hoping someone can help me identify this device, which appears intended for use in a kitchen based on its location in a drawer full of other kitchen tools. As you can see it is about 4 inches long.

mystery kitchen device

O.M.Y.

Posted 2017-04-22T15:33:39.130

Reputation: 393

5Always reread "Doodad" by Ray Bradbury when given a box full of mystery kitchen tools. – rackandboneman – 2017-04-22T15:50:02.083

Or watch Dead Ringers...

– Jason C – 2017-04-24T15:01:44.197

6Wow - your tape measure doesn't have cm on it! Is it normal to only have 1 measurement system on them where you are? – xorsyst – 2017-04-24T16:32:38.640

2I would prefer a banana for scale. – LarsTech – 2017-04-24T17:37:38.527

3One scale is normal in the U.S. for construction tape measures. – JDługosz – 2017-04-25T06:40:20.663

Doodad can be found on the Internet Archive.

– JDługosz – 2017-04-25T06:48:51.050

Answers

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This is a cherry pitter. The metal ring holds the cherry while the piston forces the pit out right through the cherry.

rackandboneman

Posted 2017-04-22T15:33:39.130

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1Doh! Of course it is. :) Actually I never saw one of these before but now that you describe its function it makes perfect sense. – O.M.Y. – 2017-04-22T15:43:35.557

10I'm guessing it's not that familiar to most people nowadays since most use cherry pie filling or buy canned pitted sour cherries. It works well but I remember how sore and tired my hand was after pitting enough cherries for a pie! – Jude – 2017-04-23T09:19:33.360

@Jude - Out of curiosity does the cherry have to be in a specific orientation for this device to work or can you just drop one in any-which-way? – O.M.Y. – 2017-04-23T21:48:00.543

It'll probably work best if it's oriented so that the plunger is going through where the stem was, @O.M.Y., although up or down doesn't matter. – Josh Caswell – 2017-04-23T22:26:39.340

1I was considering modifying the barrel & hopper of an old paintball gun and adding a cam-driven "plunger" to push out the pit to make an automated one of these. Not sure how I would eject the empty cherry, yet. – O.M.Y. – 2017-04-23T22:58:21.217

3Cherry-rigged solutions ... and why do they always put two non-pitted cherries in every jar of pitted ones? – rackandboneman – 2017-04-24T06:55:06.333

1@O.M.Y. : while I'm all for tinkering, be aware that there exist electric cherry pitters as well :). There are also more elaborate and larger ones, with a more ergonomic plunger, that you might easier to adapt automation-wise. – mikołak – 2017-04-24T10:41:30.427

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Wow, it's a very old-school cherry pitter! Newer single-cherry, manual pitters are often shaped more like paper staplers and are much easier on the hands. I was gifted a no-name knockoff of this one and it's quite nice to use.

– SevenSidedDie – 2017-04-24T17:49:30.530

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_pitter – Richard – 2017-04-25T17:18:27.693

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Also seen to be used as an olive pitter. Same solution, similar problem.

LCFoodExperts

Posted 2017-04-22T15:33:39.130

Reputation: 179

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Cherry or olive pitter: first two fingers trough the side loops, thumb through the center loop, raise the plunger and insert the fruit pole to pole at the bottom and depress the plunger

fmo

Posted 2017-04-22T15:33:39.130

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