I picked up the wire one and aske the man on the stall how much it was.
"do you know what it is?"
"No" says I.
to which he replied
"So why are you buying it then?"
I muttered something about collecting metal things back..
whatever I said would have sounded odd...
he said for 50 pence I could buy it and he would tell me what it was...
"they are for cleaning out your nozzle on your gas torch."