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Forum topic by Brett posted 06-30-2012 08:51 PM 1421 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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06-30-2012 08:51 PM

I bought an old chisel at an antique mall, intending to use as a paring chisel.

One one side it appears to have “DUCTILE // ST STEEL” (on two lines), and the other side has these hallmarks or maker’s marks:

The marks appear to be a Maltese Cross, a long arrow, and a shorter, double-headed arrow-like symbol—or maybe the shorter “arrow” is actually the flights (feathers) on the longer arrow.

Anybody know anything about this?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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#1 posted 06-30-2012 08:58 PM

I think that’s a Butcher. Bertha will be after you for it! Folks that have them, love them!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 09:03 PM

Smitty, you’re probably right. In the first line of the words (not photographed), all I can see for certain are the letters “UTCI-” and I thought it spells “DUCTILE”. After I looked more closely, I can see the right-side of a B in front of the UTC and what I thought was an I- after the C is actually an H. BUTCHER it is. Thanks.

Although I can’t see a hint of extra letters, it’s possible the 2nd line is “BEST STEEL” or “CAST STEEL”

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 10:13 PM

Looking back over my first post, I’m not sure where I got DUCTILE out of the letters UTCI-. I guess I had a “dyslexia moment” while squinting through my magnifying loupe.

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 03:31 AM

Arrow Trade mark or Hallmark screams Butcher. Refurb the haft or “handle”, sharpen and you have a paring blade.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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