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Blog entry by Kelly posted 422 days ago 957 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently found this set of antique tools at a garage sale. They look and feel like old railroad spikes. Dad said that’s a “punch set” some of the tips a varied sized chisels while others hav combs (for lack of a better word) the combs vary in length and width. There are 25 total and I bought the entire set for $5. The elderly gentleman had an intriguing story of his grandfather plowing up a field when he was a child and the set was in an old box underground. This would make them 80 years old if they were buried new. He had been carting them around his entire life (thus far) I planned on using them on different wood projects for their visual appeal but I’d like to find out what they are and if they might have any value. Thanks for your help.

-- Why buy it if you can build it?



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JayT

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#1 posted 422 days ago

Those are masonry chisels for shaping stone. The toothed ones are for softer stone to make the rough shape before smoothing off with a straight chisel. The toothed edges cut the stone without fracturing off large chunks.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#2 posted 422 days ago

Good deal. I think stone shaping chisels are not cheap
at all these days.

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Toolz

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#3 posted 422 days ago

Looks like a set of old stone sculptors tools.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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Kelly

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#4 posted 422 days ago

Thanks so much. I took them into ten or so antique stores. All of which had old tools of some kind. No one could tell me anything. Thanks for taking the time. :)

-- Why buy it if you can build it?

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Sergio

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#5 posted 422 days ago

$5 does not even pay for the material in it. But these are museum quality tools…

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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Roger

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#6 posted 421 days ago

A really fine collection, weather you use them, or just display em. Nice find.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sylvain

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#7 posted 421 days ago

New ones would cost between 24 and 38 EURO/piece :
http://www.hmdiffusion.com/Outils-de-sculpture-sur-pierre-11-207-p.htm

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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