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Forum topic by Woodiewannabe posted 10-06-2016 03:24 AM 2614 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2016 03:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood chisels makers marks tool steel gouge trademark logo blade carving tool chisel butcher witherby fulton keen kutter stanley ohio tool co swan douglass mfg co addis marples w c co ward ward and payne essex mfg co buck brothers charles buck underhill l i j white sampson union hardware sorby greenlee reliance g i mix lakeside charlton pexto p s w jennings griffin barton sheaf works j t dodge hubbard spear jackson winchester hudson forge co

Hello All, I don’t know about any of you, but I run across lots of wood chisels with unfamiliar or faded (often both) maker’s marks (m.m.)/trademarks. I’ve spent hours trying to research who made what and when and with what mark – with a lot of success – but still leaving an incomplete picture. For instance, some of you may recal a post and picture of a chisel of mine in another related forum topic. It had an anvil logo that was fading, leaving m.m. indecipherable. Loads of research produced nothing until months later I found a chisel on eBay with the complete m.m., and I was able to go from there. Learning about vintage hand tools in general, and chisels in particular has been a joy -and at times an obsession- for me. What I hope to accomplish with this forum topic is to eliminate some of the unnecessary time it takes to decipher a faded m.m. in order to free up that time for productive research. I hope to do this by compiling a simple photographical database of complete m.m. to be used as reference points for those who inquire, be it myself or another. What I am not attempting to accomplish in this topic is to compile a history of the different edge tool companies or a dating system for the different m.m. I realize that some of this may come as a result of accumulating such a database, but I would like to keep it simple at the start. Feel free to send me a p.m. with such info if you feel so inclined. If you want to participate in this endeavor, all I ask at this point is that comments be kept separate from photographical posts, and that such photo posts include only a brief caption as to the maker. I’m thinking pre-1940 chisels here. I am open to advice and suggestions, so if you have something to add please send me a p.m.
Thanks, and enjoy!


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#1 posted 10-06-2016 03:25 AM

So much for separating paragraphs…sorry for the jumbled mess!

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 03:44 AM

Buck Brothers

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 03:48 AM

W. Butcher
Cast Steel

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#4 posted 10-06-2016 03:53 AM

P. S. & W. Co. Guaranteed

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#5 posted 10-06-2016 04:02 AM

Washington Cutlery Company, later Village Blacksmith

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#6 posted 10-06-2016 04:03 AM

L. & I. J. White

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#7 posted 10-06-2016 04:06 AM

Reliance, Youngstown Ohio

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#8 posted 10-06-2016 04:08 AM

Essex Mfg. Co.

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#9 posted 10-06-2016 04:11 AM

TH Witherby…..Karpenter

FULTON….says so right on the socket..

New Haven Edge Tool Co.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 10-06-2016 04:53 AM

Like this one?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 10-06-2016 03:26 PM

Classic Witherby tm…love it! I don’t like how they often put it on the bottom of the chisel though.

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#12 posted 10-09-2016 05:48 AM

I say go for it and have a great time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 10-27-2016 07:08 PM

Hubbard manufacturing company.

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#14 posted 10-27-2016 07:11 PM

Isaac Greaves Cast Steel

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#15 posted 07-01-2017 02:58 AM

Hi there, thanks for the post! Anyone know what this chisel is? The upper part of the logo has completely rubbed off but has traces of green background colour. At the bottom it says “MADE IN __NIA” or something like that. The blade has no visible marks. I found this is my grandfathers workshop, so could be anywhere from 30-60 years old.

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