104 Interesting Tools That Only People In Very Specific Fields Get To See (New Pics)

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. But with a proper arsenal of work equipment, you can approach any problem in a variety of ways. The sign of a good tool is that it does the job it was built for very well. But you’d be surprised by just how specialized they can get. It’s mind-boggling!

The r/specializedtools subreddit is a fascinating online community that documents some of the most bizarre, most niche tools that have ever been created. From steno machines and nuclear power plant demolishers to cyanometers (which measure the blueness of the sky) and beyond, it’s seriously incredible to see how inventive humankind can get. It’s so fascinating to learn all about the inventions and we couldn’t help but share the most interesting pics with you, dear Pandas.

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Scroll down, upvote the pics that impressed you, and let us know which of these tools wowed you the most. Were there any that you knew about? Were you surprised to learn about any of these? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so grab your digital ink quills and swing by the comments. Meanwhile, you’ll find Bored Panda’s previous article about the sub right here.

#1 Scania P360 With A Penetrating “Scorpion Stinger” That Can Penetrate A Building To Deliver Water Directly Into A Fire Without Putting Firefighters In Danger

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#2 A Tool For Testing Smoke Alarms. It Covers The Unit Snugly Then Releases A Puff Of Smoke, From There A Bloke On The Control Panel Can Tell Whether It Is Working Properly Or Not

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#3 The Cyanometer. A 230 Year Old Tool Used To Measure The Blueness Of The Sky.

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Most of these tools are interesting because they’re very rare. Or, rather, only people in very specific fields get to see and use them on a regular basis. For the rest of us, it’s like a visit to a museum full of (slightly alien) artifacts.

However, you could probably argue that every single profession demands that people use specialized tools (or, in this day and age, software, too). When you sit down and have a good long think, you might realize that you do a lot of things every day that most people have no clue about. You, on the other hand, are so used to it all that you barely notice it. We’re all experts in our own little fields. And our tools are unlike anyone else’s. 

#4 Network Cable Comber

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#5 Ruler My Allergist Used For Measuring Welts On My Arm After An Allergy Test

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#6 Cleaning The Solar Panels

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The r/specializedtools subreddit is massively popular. Created in mid-February of 2015, it has grown a lot in the nearly-8 years since its founding. At the time of writing, the community was home to nearly 1.6 million redditors.

The unusual photos are probably what draws people in. After all, it’s hard to resist finding out the story behind some mysterious object that comes across our internet feeds. It’s like a splinter in your mind: you have to figure out what it is, what it does, and why it looks like it does. Curiosity is a very human emotion—and it’s a difficult beast to control.

#7 The Spider, An Aerial Lift For Getting Into Tight Spots

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#8 Star Apple Parer And Slicer, 1871. One Of Three Known To Exist

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#9 An Optical Inspection Train

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The team of moderators who run the whole show has a small list of rules that the community members should follow. You would think that people would only post specialized tools on a subreddit that’s called r/specializedtools. Alas! That’s not the case. Some folks either post pics without any tools or share photos of tools that aren’t specialized.

However, tools don’t have to have just a single purpose. You should be fine as long as you don’t post something generic like a computer that can complete a seemingly endless number of tasks. In short: the more niche, the better.

#10 Beach Cleaning Robot Designed To Pick Up Small Pieces Of Garbage Hidden Beneath The Sand!

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#11 A Stainless Steel Pallet Jack For Use Inside Clean Rooms

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#12 Space Mouse – A Mouse For 3D Model Navigation

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Moreover, the sub’s mod team asks its members to avoid reposting photos that have been recently shared by other redditors. There’s also no room for any offensive content. Treat others kindly, be polite.

Meanwhile, when making a post, be sure to explain exactly what the tool or device does. Don’t opt for clickbait. Oh, and don’t use the subreddit as a means of promoting any products that you sell or profit from.

#13 Temporary Traffic Light

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#14 Saw This Escalator Hoist

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#15 Yarn Winder In Action

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You could argue that without tools, we aren’t human. However, there are quite a few species that actually use tools as they see fit. For instance, chimpanzees are capable of making spears to hunt other primates.

Meanwhile, orangutans have been known to make improvised whistles from bundles of leaves in the wild. They use these to ward off predators, according to Live Science.

#16 Manual Dough Divider

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#17 Key For Turning An Orthodontic Palate Expander

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#18 Contraption Used In Churches To Fill Up Multiple Communion Cups At Once.

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However, it’s not just primates and apes that can use tools. Crows, for example, craft their feathers, twigs, and leaves into tools. They’re also known to drop stones in pitchers to raise the water level inside of them so they can have a drink.

#19 This Is A Steno Machine, Used For Recording Words Verbatim At Speeds Over 225 Words Per Minute. Used In Court Rooms And Legal Depositions.

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#20 A Whole Set Of Non-Sparking Beryllium Copper Wrenches For Working With Hydrogen. Anyone Want To Guess The Cost?

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#21 Remote-Controlled Special Excavator To Demolish Cooling Towers Of Nuclear Power Plants

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Meanwhile, elephants, dolphins, octopi, and otters are also known to use tools for getting rid of pests, uncovering prey underwater, for shelter, and cracking open shells, respectively.

So while the tools that we use are far, far more complex than what can be found in the animal kingdom, we also shouldn’t imagine that human beings hold a monopoly on them.

#22 The Costco Food Court Table Dolly

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#23 This Elevator That My Installation Crew Is Using To Hoist Photovoltaic Panels Up To The Second Story Rooftop

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#24 Non Sparking Pipe Wrenches. And Channel Locks Just In Case. About $1600.00 In This Picture

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Our ancient ancestors developed the first stone tools at least 2.6 million years ago. The Smithsonian explains that during the Early Stone Age, early humans made hammerstones, stone cores, and shark stone flakes.

1.76 million years ago, these evolved into handaxes and other large cutting tools.

#25 Met A Truffle Hunter In The Peloponnese Mts. And Got A Chance To Snap A Pic Of His Truffle Shovels! The Flat One Is For White Truffles Which Tent To Grow In Softer Soil, And The More Spear Shaped Is For Black Truffles Which Are Found Deeper And In More Rocky Soil

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#26 Pickle Lifter. It Came Inside The Jar

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#27 Hydraulic Post Driver With Country Upgrade

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By the Middle Stone Age, 200,000 years ago, the range of tools exploded in its variety. Suddenly, you could find spears and scrapers for preparing hide, wood, and other materials. By the Later Stone Age, people began using more diverse crafting materials. From bone and ivory to antlers and stone. Different groups began developing their own specific cultures and ways of making things.

#28 Hip Clamp: A Tool To Help A Cow Stand Up

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#29 Tool Used By Georgian Bakers To Remove Bread From The Oven

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#30 Time-Release Fin Clip Cam For Sharks

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#31 Large Wave Flume At A Wave Research Lab

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#32 Paper Crumpler For Padding Boxes To Ship

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#33 Olives Harvester

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#34 Machine For Removing Tree Stumps

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#35 A Shoe Testing Machine From The 1940s

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#36 A Nail Making Machine In Action!

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#37 Pokey-Picker-Upper Tool Invented By A Highway Maintenance Worker To Pick Up Metal Shards Along Shoulders

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#38 30 Year Old Cheese Slicer

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#39 Jig For Chalking The Hip And Waist Widths For The Pleated Section Of A Kilt. Also Has Guide Lines For Accurate Alignment To The Tartan Pattern

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#40 Violin Peg Fitting Tools

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#41 Non-Metallic Pliers For Pulling Fuses

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#42 These Special Tweezers Are Used For Removing Nose Pads From Eyeglasses

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#43 For When You Get Off The Water Rides

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#44 Huge Bottoming Drill-Tap We Made Today

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#45 This Truck For Servicing Street Lamps

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#46 Howitzer, 105mm Artillery Gun, Used By Ski Patrol To Clear Avalanche Hazards

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#47 Mosaic Glass Cutter Press

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#48 A Ballnut

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#49 This Snowman Maker

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#50 Electric Shunting Buggy We Use In Our Manufacturing Plant 36v

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#51 Shaping A Helical Gear

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#52 UV Microphone Sterilizer

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#53 Hollowing Out A Clogg

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#54 Book Cleaning Tool

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#55 Road Bollard Cleaner

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#56 Rolex Microstella Tool

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#57 DIY Door Painting Frame

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#58 Mountain Index For Identifying Nearby Peaks In Rocky Mountain Np

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#59 This Thing To Clean A Kitchen Hand Whisk

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#60 You’ve Seen A Soldering Iron, But What About A Reloadable Soldering Gun?

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#61 I’ll Raise Your 30 Year Old Cheese Slicer For This 30 Year Old Hard Boiled Egg Slicer

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#62 Automatic Acoustic Measurement Tapping Machine

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#63 Bung Wrench – If You Have A Really Tight Bung Hole I Suggest Investing In This Wrench

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#64 A Rug Sewing Machine

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#65 Laser Railway Rail Profile Scanner – Absolute Single Purpose Machine

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#66 This Farming Robot Zaps Weeds With Precision Lasers

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#67 Old Poppy Seed Grinder That My Mom Uses When Baking Poppy Seed Rolls

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#68 The Picker, You Drive Over The Balls On The Range And It Picks Them Up

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#69 Automatic Pizza Cutter

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#70 Poppy Seed Mill

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#71 Nasa Glenn Research Center Reinvented The Wheel Using Shape Memory Alloy Tires

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#72 Steel Wire Seperator

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#73 Heat Shield Counter-Bore Tool. Needed To Attach A Nuclear Warhead To A Minuteman III Icbm

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#74 Micrometers For Blind Machinists, With The Numbers In Braille

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#75 The Bull Ditch Plow Was Constructed By A Cooperative To Stop The Town Of Maxwell From Flooding. More In Coments

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#76 This Roller For The Seran Wrap At My Job

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#77 Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Puller

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#78 Construction Calculator For Feet, Inches, And Sixteenths

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#79 “Tweetie”, A Machine For Moving The Trains At The National Rail Museum In York, UK

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#80 These Pin Gauges We Use To Measure Accuracy Of Small Bore/Hole Sizes

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#81 This Giant Vaccum For Sucking Up Fall Leaves

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#82 Three Axis Multi-Anvil Press. Used For High-Pressure Low Temperature Experimental Mineralogy

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#83 Venitian Blind Cleaner

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#84 Blade Removal Tool For Deli Slicer

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#85 Thread Cutting Scissors That You Can Keep In Your Hand Without Having To Take Them Off After Each Snip. Huge Time Saver And Very Ergonomic!

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#86 A Violin Corner Rib Clamp

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#87 Handheld Liquid Nitrogen Sprayer For Freezing (And Then Usually Removing) Unwanted Growths On Your Skin

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#88 The Tools They Used Engrave The Stanley Cup And Other Hockey Cups All By Hand. Toronto Hockey Hall Of Fame

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#89 Chestnut Pan

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#90 Sundial Realized For Lazcari Sicily With Equation Of Time

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#91 Wall Mounted Doll Holder For Use In American Girl Store Restrooms

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#92 Electric Honey Decapping Knife

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#93 A Sliding Chair To Help Disabled People Into The Sea

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#94 A Tool Used By Chefs To Check Precise Knife Cuts

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#95 UK TV Detector Van

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#96 Not Fisher Price, But Insulated Ratchet And Plastic Drivers For Working On Evs

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#97 This Training Device To Help Football Players Aim Their Kicks

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#98 1926 Fordson Snowmotor

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#99 Powered Onion Dicer

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#100 Tool To Pull Up The Bumpers At My Local Bowling Alley

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#101 Proof/Alcohol Meter For Distillers

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#102 This Cleaner At Work Is Only For Kool Aid

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#103 Manual Copper Pipe Cutter

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#104 Copper-Ended Double Head Hammer For Driving Steel Pins Into Trusses For Lighting Rigs. The Copper Is Softer Than The Steel And So Doesn’t Damage The Pins

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#105 Brand New C2 Cable Lasher For Affixing Cables To Strand On Telephone Poles. Custom Stickers For Fun

#106 Cleaning Out Nanna’s House And Found This. It’s Used To Hold Slices Of Cheese

#107 This Dolly Can Only Lift Those Buckets And Nothing Else

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