I have recently found in a box these two tools:

Tool Set 1

Tool 2

I do not have any knowledge on whether these tools are for wood or metal.
The second tool can be winded and unwinded in order to form some kind of tooth bite like shape to a material.

Many thanks on the feedback.

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The top tools appear to be dies - used for cutting screw threads on rods. The lower tool appears to be a tap wrench (a tap is a tool a little like a drill bit, but used for cutting threads inside a hole). The "winding and unwinding" action is to allow it to clamp to the tap; the wrench is then used to turn the tap in the hole. The dies would also have had a wrench or handle with which to grip and turn them around the workpiece.

They are for use on metal.

See Wikipedia- Tap and die for more detail.

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    While metal is quite a bit more common to be used as the material taps and dies (and these dies in particular), it's also possible to use other materials (e.g. wood, plastic, etc.). However, if one is directly using a tap or die on wood (i.e. not a metal insert), one would normally use taps & dies that produce threads appropriate for wood (i.e. much lower turns per inch (TPI) than metal).
    – Makyen
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 18:53
  • @Makyen - TPI - turns per inch - or threads per inch?
    – Tim
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 7:24
  • @Tim Yep, that's mistyped. It should be threads per inch (TPI). Unfortunately, it's way too late for me to edit to fix that or the other grammar issues.
    – Makyen
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 8:00
  • Didn't realise there was a time limit for edits.
    – Tim
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 8:03
  • @Tim Comments can be edited by the user who posted them for 5 minutes. Only moderators can edit comments after that time has expired.
    – Makyen
    Commented Jul 6, 2021 at 8:07

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