This smaller fid was fashioned from Sperm whale pan bone, surely by a whale man. The tool is just 6 ½ inches long and was probably made for sail work, or for smaller jobs on board deck where it is small enough to have been carried in a pocket. The tool is shaped roughly hexagonal in cross section and was scraped to that shape. The hexagonal shape has been smoothed to a rounded cross approaching the point. The fid bears abundant tool marks and patina showing that this was not a latter day fid turned on a lathe. Its flat base is crudely inscribed with a square that might have been an owner’s mark or layout lines. The diameter ata the base is about ¾ inch. It is a nice authentic sailor’s tool. Fine.