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Friday, November 21, 2003

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The Gimlet King

Staunton, Virginia - Bob Roger says Gimlets are not Corkscrews! This leading authority on Gimlets has self-published a fascinating new 100 page book, A Guide to Gimlets. Bob begins by giving all the definitions in standard reference books and finally suggest his own:

Gimlets are defined in this book to be tools that employ a cutting edge or edges to slice round holes in wood or other material using a one-handed twisting motion, and that perform no other function.

Roger discusses the history of Gimlets going back eons before any readers of The Daily Screw were born. He describes uses for gimlets from cooking to artillery, smoking, hanging clothes, and even the gimlet's use in ice skating.

The "Categories of Gimlets" chapter is filled with variations of handles, shanks, cutting mechanisms (diameters and characteristics) and styles. A chapter of patents discusses the many patents issued for gimlets and is well illustrated with discovered examples.

The final chapter ("Collecting Gimlets") begins with the question "Now that you have digested the technical stuff and have decided to begin a gimlet collection, what should you look for?" Then Bob asks "But why are you interested?" Find out the answers to these questions and more in the book. It will open up a whole new world for you.

Books are available from Bob Roger. Email him at

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