Medieval mortise chisel on ebay, real or fake?

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Forum topic by Loren posted 05-19-2012 09:06 PM 1934 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 05-19-2012 09:25 PM

It would be cool if it were authentic. I won’t hold my breath on that one though.

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#2 posted 05-19-2012 09:26 PM

Mmmm good question.

The seller has all positive feedback and the item does resemble the chisels on here

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#3 posted 05-19-2012 09:31 PM

Yeah, I’ve seen quite a lot of ancient and Medieval tools in
museums and the condition of the chisel on ebay is pretty
amazing for 12th century.

See the thinning-to-crumbling of the socket edge and
the intense pitting? That’s typical of even museum pieces.

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 09:36 PM

IF there is no paper work proving providence certifying authenticity then it is not of the time period. Most of what I saw in the photo’s are perhaps late 19th or early 20th century. Save your money.

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#5 posted 05-19-2012 09:39 PM

And, IF it is real, might be a little “Hot”? Most of these are IN the museums, or WERE….. makes one wonder how one got away…..

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#6 posted 05-19-2012 09:43 PM

Hard tellin’ not knowin’

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#7 posted 05-19-2012 11:08 PM

I just posted this for fun really,

I reckon blacksmiths in Ukraine were forging chisels in
that style into the 1960s. There’s not much to be improved.

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#8 posted 05-20-2012 12:24 AM

I wouldn’t trust anything coming out of the Ukraine. I lived in Europe for almost 10 years and learned to watch out for any country that used to be part of the USSR. Just my two cents.

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