Let’s have a contest! See if you can name this item from the Walther factory, what it’s made out of, and what it’s for. Winner will receive a prize of some value, so long as that person values the knowledge of being the smartest kid in class.
Have at it!
It’s the underside of a soft cushion like thing
Raw material used to make composit frame?
If the cushiony stuff in the middle is made from canvas and gypsum and the orange stuff is mold, it might be a valve for an old air pump, like used in a smithy.
Some sort of ceramic, used in a heat treatment process?
Looks like a polishing stone. The sides are where it is clamped in place by a machine. Rust is on it because it is water cooled during the process.
Something they just found in the back of the fridge in the break room.
(Bobbie says “buffing wheel”. She’s more likely to be right than I am.
Bobbie is correct, it is a buffing/polishing wheel. In this case, it’s used to polish parts and clean off any rough spots. This particular polishing wheel happens to be made out of whale leather, and is still in use in the Walther plant in Ulm.
Whale? The firm of Greene, Tweed & Co. out of North Wales, PA was a distributor (up through the early 1950’s at least) of buffing wheels made out of WALRUS hide. A peculiarity of genetics and diet causes the walrus to include tiny osseous particles throughout its skin — like Nature’s Own Craytex. Does the sample feel like it has tiny chunks of grit in it? However: One Never Knows®.
The pizzas the team members are forced to eat in the cafeteria, god bless their souls.
Tell Adler we need more Old West Heroes damnit!
Shower drain at the Muppet’s house.
This is your brain, this is your brain on guns.
I still like Tam’s guess of something “found in the back of the fridge”.
A buffing wheel made of whale leather, used for polishing gun parts…
It’s like a million hippie voices just cried out in terror, and then were silenced.
I know! Awesome, right?
We do a lot of custom buffing, sanding, and polishing with robots. You cannot buy that particular item in the US, but I am told they use the whale leather, not just because of it’s better porosity for holding buffing compounds, but because it comes in a cylinder which can be stretched around the buffing wheel without having a seam which would either come apart or result in a “Thump” in the process once every 360 degrees of rotation. The leather in question coming from the whale’s pecker. This information is strictly anecdotal, having come to me from one of my European manufacturers of buffing equipment, I have not verified this with my own eyes.
Ostensibly, then, each time Bond holds that PPK up to his face he’s rubbing up against a whale pecker by proxy.
I was hoping that you were just kidding about the anatomical location of leather extraction, but I see in a quick search for “whale leather” that Europeans have a phallus obsession: http://geekologie.com/2009/10/luxury-suvs-now-with-whale-pen.php
If you’ve ever been in an old factory where the machinery is/was powered by overhead jackshafts, the flat belts driving the lathes, planers, triphammers, looms, sewing machines, etc. were/are made of, get this, Walrus Leather. It takes three or four normal human lifetimes to show any wear and even when oiled regularly with neatsfoot oil, does not stretch or slip. No other product even comes close.
This is the best comment thread on the internet.
OG, knowing how homophobic some past Bonds have been (Roger Moore, I’m looking at you in particular), that makes me cackle like Nancy Pelosi burning Tea Partiers at the stake. . .
Gerry: I still have my round knife and lacing rawhide from lacing leather thresher belts. You had to skive a length of taper ten times the thickness of the leather, and then you could glue, and lace. Gramps had a lineshaft shop, and near every pulley was a stick with a nail to shift gears. memmmreeez!
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