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09-21-2015 10:34 AM

bought an old chisel at the flea market yesterday for two bucks, name on it is w butcher. The handle is trashed, can this be replaced? How the hell does it come off? Is this a decent tool worth reviving? Also found a really cool old leg vise with a huge wooden screw, which i was really in need of, as well as an old maple mallet, and a 4 inch rosewood and brass set/miter square:-) twuz a good flea day:-)


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#1 posted 09-21-2015 11:07 AM

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#2 posted 09-21-2015 11:07 AM

how old is that chisel?

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#3 posted 09-21-2015 12:08 PM

Butcher steel is great stuff. Clean it up and sharpen it, youll like it. As to age, im not 100% sure, but id say around the turn of the century.

That is one funky lookin leg vice! Great scores.

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#4 posted 09-21-2015 12:32 PM

do yo have a photo of the handle??

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#5 posted 09-21-2015 01:16 PM

the vise was mounted through a large slab of maple with the threaded block behind it, i’m assuming it was done this way with keeping it portable in mind, which not for nothin, seems to work really well, i had that mounted to my bench in about 5 minutes and it works perfect so far. maybe i’ll run into problems with some functions and i’ll learn otherwise, but in the meantime i love things that work well but dn’t have to be permanent. it appears to be real old too, which i dig:-)
here is a pic of the chisel

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#6 posted 09-21-2015 03:05 PM

I have collected and used Butcher tools for many years. The tang style chisel only requires that the handle be driven off. Replacing with a new one takes a bit of fitting as the hole for the tang needs to be tapered. Drilling of successive holes of different diameter will allow the tapered tang to be reset.
The Sheffield Cast Steel is good quality, takes and holds an edge well, and is pretty tough stuff.
I have lathe tools, chisels, a very nice wooden try plane (double iron), and a tenon saw in my collection.
Replace the handle, clean it up, sharpen well, and you’ll have a great user chisel.
If not, send it to me. I’ll give it a good home. :)
Bill

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#7 posted 09-21-2015 04:22 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xocuzBlViEo
thats paul sellers fitting a handle

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#8 posted 09-21-2015 06:03 PM

W. Butcher was from the early 1800’s, 1822 era. He was a fine tool maker, he started as an apprentice to a man making razors. Have fun, make some dust.

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#9 posted 09-21-2015 07:33 PM

so this thing could be 200 years old?

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#10 posted 09-21-2015 07:42 PM

They have a guy floating around this site somewhere that tries to buy almost every butcher he comes across.

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#11 posted 09-21-2015 08:46 PM

Know the screen name?

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#12 posted 09-21-2015 08:54 PM

I’d Just sand down the messed up end,I.e sand the “mushroom head” down,clean it some and call it good,the wood looks fine just mushroomed end.and then sand the rest and put a finish.

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#13 posted 09-21-2015 09:04 PM

i thought about that, its badly split and theres a bit splinter missing off the other side. i could try some ca. whos the guy that buys butcher chisels?

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#14 posted 09-21-2015 09:23 PM

That would be Bertha…aka Al.

Happen to have a couple Butcher Mortise chisels, and a couple Butcher ironed planes…

A jackplane…

The two in the back are Butcher chisels. 1/8” and a 3/16” mortise chisels.

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#15 posted 09-21-2015 10:07 PM

William and Samuel Butcher began tool making in 1822, and the company continued in business until 1950.
Google wwbutcher.htm for a better history and pics.
Bill

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