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Does anyone know who makes this chisel?

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 07:03 PM

James swan chisel. I have read that it’s one of the better makers. Idk if it is but I’m sure some people will chime in and let you know.

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 07:16 PM

Sure looks like a James Swan logo, though I’ve never seen one that deep or without the name stamped somewhere. If it is a Swan, it’s a high quality tool. I’ve got several vintage Swan chisels and they are probably my favorite ones to use. Very good steel that takes an edge well and holds it forever.

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 08:41 PM

Great thanks

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 02:07 PM

Where did you find it?

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#5 posted 01-21-2016 03:13 PM

That sure does look like the James Swan logo. I have several of their chisels, they have a few iterations of the logo, but I have never seen one quite like that before. They usually have some text around them too.

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#6 posted 01-21-2016 08:47 PM

A little chisel story this reminded me of . . .

Way back in the mid 1970 there was a great used tool place named “Clinton Aircraft Tools” near the Atlanta airport owned by a Delta captain by the name of Wade Clinton. It was located in a hole in the wall residential garage in front of a run down 1920s era house. Wade loved to go to government and corporate auctions and by tools by the “lot”and bring them back to sell. In those days It was U.S. government policy that when a government project was shut down any remaining tools purchased for that project had to be sold at auction. You could occasionally find tools that had been stocked but never used for a project – brand new tools still in their boxes! One day while rummaging around Wade’s place I spotted some really nice socket-type chisels that appeared to have never been used. I hollered over to Wade asking where the handles might be and he told me. I then asked “what do you want for them?” Wade hollered back ”$2.00 each”. Delighted, I assembled a full set with handles and began walking toward the check out counter in front. Then I stopped, thinking Hell, for that price I will buy two sets just in case.

Fast forward forty plus years. I was using one of those chisels and began to wonder who was the maker. I see “James Swan” stamped on it and the outline of a swan. Putting my work down, I went to my computer and looked up James Swan chisel maker and was shocked” Those “cheap” $2.00 chisels were valued at $70 to $95 EACH! They were collectors items! I began treating those cheap chisels with a LOT more respect! I sure wish Clinton Aircraft Tools was still in business.


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