Socket chisel. Clearly handforged steel and iron with no sign of a welded steel cutting edge.
Size: 11 3/8" long with a 4 1/2" long wooden handle, 1 1/4" wide blade.
Markings: "C. LOVEJOY, CHESTERVILLE."
A chisel is a hand tool with a straight cutting edge at the end of a blade. It is used to cut, pare or separate solid material such as metal or wood. Used by striking or by applying pressure to the end of the tool. A socket chisel has a tapered iron socket forged solid with the blade for the reception of the handle. This style of chisel is considered more rugged and adapted for heavier tasks than the tang (or shank) type of chisel.
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