I recently found a very interesting tool that is actually
three tools in one.
It is a three-way tool configured
in a "Y" shape with an auger bit on the end of each arm of the
Such a configuration is very
ingenious because it can bore three sizes of holes.
One arm has a twist auger with a
lead screw. This bit has floor lips but no spurs. It will bore a
hole 1/2 inch in diameter. Another arm has a flat type of gimlet
bit on it that bores a hole 3/8ths-inch in diameter while the
third arm has a gimlet point that bores a hole slightly over
1/4-inch in diameter.
While boring with any one of the
bits the other two arms of the "Y" serve as handles. This tool
came from the rural area outside Dobrich, Bulgaria. I have seen
lots of augers but never one like this one. It was made by a
skilled blacksmith and not factory produced.
James E. Price