There is considerable debate surrounding the function of these, and similar, sets of tools. In his entry on another set in the Waddesdon Collection (Claude Blair, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, vol. V, Arms, Armour and Base-Metalwork, London, 1974, no. 198, pp. 449-452), Claude Blair discusses the possibility that they might originally have been used as horticultural implements or hunting tools, stating that the latter is, in his view, the most likely option.