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Forum topic by Joe_B posted 06-15-2012 07:27 PM 1679 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2012 07:27 PM

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Hi everyone,

I am hoping that someone out there can help me ID a tool that I inherited. I searched about the web and have not found an answer. It looks like some type of chisel, but I’m not sure. It is not sharpened now and looks like it may have been at one time. Attached are some photos.

thank you all,

Joe


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#1 posted 06-15-2012 07:38 PM

It’s a screwdriver. My father (a machinist) would call it a “millright” screwdriver.

The blade being flat all the way up the shank has a purpose. I have no clue what it is.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#2 posted 06-15-2012 07:41 PM

Yup, it’s a screwdriver. Don’t sharpen it, unless you want to have a sharp screwdriver.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 07:53 PM

It looks like a machinists scraper also to me. Alistair

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 07:53 PM

Yes, it is a screwdriver.
Note that a lot of these old screws have slot that is very narrow. Modern flat tip screw drivers are often it is too thick. So a sharp screw driver blade is in order.

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 07:58 PM

You might like this….

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 07:59 PM

Modern screwdriver blades taper to grip a screw slot tighter. Older driver were completely flat.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 08:05 PM

Not from Ford, though. Stamping reads : CAST STEEL

CH 00

FORGED

MAY have been a screwdriver, or it may have been used to spread molten solder to seal car parts together.

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#8 posted 06-15-2012 08:13 PM

Whatever it WAS, it looks like it would open a paint can nicely. (Sarcasm intended)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 06-15-2012 08:28 PM

Looking at it again, (and the picture I’m posted) I’m wondering how sure it is that it is a screwdriver. Most of the old screwdrivers from that area had a full tang (like the patent drawing seems to indicate). The idea of a machinist scraper sort of makes sense as does the screwdriver.

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#10 posted 06-15-2012 08:51 PM

It’s a craving tool , they are made slightly different now but it is called a long bend or reverse bend gouge. They have similar ones that are sold by Pfiel tools company in Switzerland.

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#11 posted 06-15-2012 08:53 PM

I think it was made by C. H. Hansen company.

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#12 posted 06-15-2012 09:19 PM

Online resources show similar screwdrivers described as “Cabinetmaker” screwdrivers.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#13 posted 06-15-2012 09:29 PM

a well worn screwdriver that could be restored nicely :-)

Dennis

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#14 posted 06-15-2012 09:54 PM

This listing on eBay says its an Engineer’s Turnscrew Screwdriver.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/C-H-CO-CAST-STEEL-ENGINEERS-TURNSCREW-SCREWDRIVER-TOOL-/290598688143

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#15 posted 06-15-2012 11:57 PM

Thanks for the amazingly quick responses.

DS251, you obviously noted the paint spots. I’m of the same mind. Someone has been opening paint and pounding on it as though it was a chisel. Darned shame, really.

Wow, These responses are great.

Tokolosi , you are right on. That is near exactly it, but in much better condition than what I have. Kudos and much karma to you good sir. Didn’t think of checking out ebay. (love the Tolkien quote)

Definitely a screwdriver after looking at these above.

Thanks everyone for the help,
joe B

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