This flax hackle was created during the 1800s and the name of its maker is unknown. After flax has been broken and scutched, it is hackled to remove the last of the plant material. The hackle could be clamped to a table or held between the worker's knees. The flax stems or stricks are pulled repeatedly through the long metal teeth until a fine, smooth fiber remains. The strick is then ready for spinning. This fierce looking tool was probably hung on the wall when not in use. It was donated to the Southern Highland Craft Guild by Sadie M. Curtis.