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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 12-03-2011 09:17 PM 1297 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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12-03-2011 09:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: old chisel

The price was right.

9.5 inches overall length, width of blade 1.75 inches.

There is an ovoid logo on the front. The bottom line reads:

“best tool steel” or “rest tool steel” and there may be a letter before the B or R.

Top line: has “ja” in the early part and “an co.” at the end.

This is sounding like a crossword puzzle discussion!

Once we know the name, I’d like to know your opinion of the quality of the tool.

I wire brushed the steel and it is pitted but can be saved. The handle is likely toast. Or would you pack the cracks with sawdust-charged epoxy? And glue on a cap?



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 09:39 PM

A wild guess that you might look into: James Swan and Co

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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Bill White

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 09:47 PM

Put a new handle on it (I’ve used dogwood a bunch), clean it up and use the heck out of it. Let’s see…...paint can lids, scoring bricks…....NAHHHHH!
You might find that the steel in that puppy is really sweet. I don’t have any Swans, but my old Butcher stuff is some of the best I’ve ever worked with.
Usual process. Flatten the back, grind the bevel, hone the edge, yadda, yadda.
You’ve got a keeper.
You might even want to add a leather washer between the tang and the handle in case you’ll use it with a mallet. I put ‘em on all my tanged chisels.


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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 05:46 PM

Lovey chisel. The handle is toast though. Make a new one and tune it up and it will be good for another hundred years.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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