Whatzit ????????

Ok Blog Readers ... I need your help. As I've indicated before, I love finding the odd and unusual. Well, now I have something that I have no idea what it's used for. When I purchased it, I thought it was a kitchen gadget, but I'm really stumped as to what it could be used for. The open stainless steel cylinder measures 3 1/2" in diameter and has thin wire criss-crossing the base in wedges. The bottom is sharp, probably for cutting. The gadget measures 9" to the handle. If anyone has any idea what this is, please leave a comment. Maybe we can figure it out together!