Mystery tools

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Blog entry by Kelly posted 06-05-2013 04:08 PM 1251 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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#1 posted 06-05-2013 04:13 PM

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.

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 04:23 PM

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

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 05:35 PM

Looks like a set of old stone sculptors tools.

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

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 08:48 PM

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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#5 posted 06-05-2013 08:50 PM

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

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 12:05 PM

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 03:30 PM

New ones would cost between 24 and 38 EURO/piece :

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