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What is this chisel used for?


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Old 10-09-2017, 08:57:47 PM
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Default What is this chisel used for?

Someone found this in a barn and brought it to the local museum. The total length is 14 3/4 inches and the cutting edge is 2 1/2 inches wide. I didn't measure the step / offset but it is about 2 inches. It might not even be a wood working tool.
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for

I hesitate to even comment, but it could be a masonary tool to level up a brick in laying it level, somehow.
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For packing oakum between boards on water tanks?
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for?

I believe that it may be a butteris, which is a blacksmith's tool used to trim horse's hooves.
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for?

It could be for chiseling a flat surface. The offset gets the operator's hands above the surface to be chiseled in order to protect the knuckles. I believe casket gouges are made with a similar handle offset.

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Default Re: What is this chisel used for?

My guess would be either for barrel making or shipwright tool for inside hull planking. Again just guesses.
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for

I think tom g is right. I have pictures or these tools factory made. This one was home made in bs shop . The handle gives it away. Tells me that is not a barking spud even though it could be used for such work.
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for?

Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately the local horse farrier historian passed away a few years back so I guess I will have to see if the library has anything on farrier tools that were used in earlier times. Another person thought it was a farrier tool but a fellow that was at our local agricultural fair claimed it was for cleaning out mortises when building barns. I feel that the way it is shaped that it wouldn't work for that. I tend to think it is a farrier tool myself but I would like to see an illustration of how it was used.
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for?

Reminds me of a tree debarkimg tool
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for?

Look at this . http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-19th...-/291965289637
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Thank you Sir! That helps to confirm what some others are suggesting.
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Default Re: What is this chisel used for?

Here in Lancaster County the Amish use a tool like that to remove wooden shingles.
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