Help me identify this vintage stringing tool

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  1. Autodidactic player

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    I bought a box of vintage string and tools and it contained an unusual awl. I've been stringing rackets for 40 years and haven't run across this tool. Is it used like modern "pathfinder" awls, to help push/pull strings through tight holes? The box also contained a package of four more of the wound wire tips which leads me to conclude that the tips must have been subject to some abuse - for example by forcing them into a string hole. Can anyone positively identify this tool?

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    Yep, you have an early 'come-along' tool. The extra loops were to replace the original when it broke. In the 40 years I've had access to the tool, I'll bet I haven't used it a half-dozen times. While elegant, the tool seems a bit heavy-handed for my tastes. ;)
     
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    Thanks Coach!

    Back when I strung a lot of wooden rackets I would sometimes use a piece of abrasive wire to "burn out" the holes before I started but I never ran into a racket where I needed a tool like this to get the string through a hole. Of course, back then I was pretty proficient with a waxed awl and a lot of patience.
     
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    That was pretty much my approach. I reckon the best use of the come-along was with the AA Comp and other foam core rackets, especially on the shared holes at the end of the crosses...especially with string like Ashaway Vantage or Blue Star. The foam and plastic would sort of 'get out of the way' for the come-along while it would frequently 'spring back' to shape if you used an awl.

    These kids nowadays don't know how GOOD THEY GOT IT!! :)
     
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