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Randy_ATX

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08-27-2013 04:54 PM

I recently visited my dad and he sent me home with a few goodies. I am just getting started collecting chisels and have a lot to learn. The top two are stamped “Ohio Tool Co” and are extremely “beefy”. I assume they are mortise chisels orignally designed for mortising the old barn beams common in Ohio (where my dad lives). The third chisel isn’t as beefy but probably a better quality tool – W. Butcher cast steel. It has the least amount of pitting of all of them but it has a small chip on the corner of the blade. The 4th tool is a brass wedge.

Some questions I have about these tools:
Approximate age of the chisels. Is it best to lightly clean up the widest (deepest pitted) one and leave most of the pitting? What would be the use of the brass wedge?

Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 08-27-2013 05:02 PM

Info on Butcher: http://www.wkfinetools.com/hUK/Butcher/history/hReview/02-History-Butcher.asp

Pretty well sought after tools as far as I know. Ive only seen one other Butcher chisel, well, it was a 2” slick really.

Info on Ohio Tool Co.: http://www.woodworkingonline.com/2006/10/30/history-of-the-ohio-tool-company/

Ya brought home some really nice tools there Randy. Definitely thank the old man.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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Randy_ATX

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#2 posted 08-27-2013 05:14 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Stef. The Butcher link is a good one.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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WayneC

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#3 posted 08-27-2013 05:18 PM

Butcher stuff is really nice. Love the brass wedge as well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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shampeon

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#4 posted 08-27-2013 05:33 PM

I’ve been picking up some Butcher chisels off the ‘bay when they’re reasonable. They’re very good steel, and I really like the maker’s mark.

You’ll have to regrind the bevel of your Butcher chisel. Be careful not to cook it, so keep a cup of water handy and dunk it when the end starts feeling hot to the touch.

Those Ohio Tools socket chisels are probably good ones as well. They made some very fine tools in their time. You’ll need to flatten the back of those, but you only need to flatten the first inch or so. If they’re deeply pitted, take your cup of water to a belt sander and get the majority of it ground off that way, dunking it to keep it cool.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Bill White

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#5 posted 08-27-2013 07:25 PM

Have collected W. Butcher stuff for years. Chisels, lathe tools, tenon saw.
I find them to be excellent steel, and quality tools.
wish I could find more.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Randy_ATX

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#6 posted 08-27-2013 09:25 PM

Thanks Ian.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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dahenley

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#7 posted 08-27-2013 10:02 PM

ampco is not actually solid brass. its a mix or brass and something else…. i have a sledge made by them and they are harder then just brass but its what we used for certain applications in the oilfield to prevent a spark and a big boom!!!

welding supply shops around my parents house still sell them. (it could be old, but i cant say…..)

-- David Henley

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Randy_ATX

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#8 posted 08-28-2013 02:04 AM

Thanks for that info – i’m sure the wedge isn’t that old and i’m sure I will never use it!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Don W

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#9 posted 08-29-2013 01:51 PM

Here is some more Ohio tools info. Its geared more toward hand planes, but the company info is relevant.

The wedge would most likely be used for splitting wood. I’ve use similar wedges for firewood and fence post.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Randy_ATX

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 02:38 PM

Thanks very much, Don. Your #6 and #7 planes on that page are a work of art.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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