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What is this chisel used for?

RobW

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06/11/2019
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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Pat Barrett

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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.
 

Tom G

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07/10/2019
I believe that it may be a butteris, which is a blacksmith's tool used to trim horse's hooves.
 

Bob Willman

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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.

Bob
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Thaumaturge

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My guess would be either for barrel making or shipwright tool for inside hull planking. Again just guesses.
Doc
 

Lonnie Grissom

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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.
 

RobW

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06/11/2019
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.
 

RobW

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06/11/2019
Thank you Sir! That helps to confirm what some others are suggesting.
 

GarysToys

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