Monday, March 21, 2011

Identify This

It is a spring, around 9 inches long, smaller around than a pencil.

Sorry for the poor photograph.  I was attempting to show that the steel wire stays in contact with itself throughout the winding.

Now for the real hints.  This is the primary component of a piece of machinery.  Probably greater than 50% of American households possess this machine or something that performs the same duty.  I'm told that few Europeans would own a tool that performs this function.  When not removed from the tool, this spring is not straight but twisted into a shape resembling a hybrid blending of symbols @ & %. 

Usual stakes, a pint of barley pop to the winner.  

Good Luck !!

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