Slick, ca. 1700

Contributed by Davistown Museum


This clearly hand forged slick has a hand chamfered wrought socket and appears to be late 17th or early 18th century. It was found in Massachusetts and is possibly made of bog iron directly from the bloom. It shows no sign of a weld steel cutting edge. Almost certainly used in a New England shipyard, this tool predates the advent of the water powered circular saw used in shipyards and mills after 1825. It is the largest slick ever located by the Liberty Tool Co. It is used for cleaning up the sides of large mortises in construction and shipbuilding, and for leveling surfaces as on the deck of a ship. Slicks are particularly useful to shipwrights in areas that cannot be reached by an adz. They are often pushed by the shoulder, hence the swollen top of the wooden handle.
Size: 39" long including an 11" long handle, 3" diameter ferrule, 4 1/4" wide

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About This Item

  • Title: Slick, ca. 1700
  • Creator: Liberty Tool Company
  • Creation Date: circa 1700
  • Subject Date: circa 1700
  • State: MA, ME
  • Media: Iron
  • Local Code: 102904T1
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
PO Box 346, 58 Main Street #4, Liberty, ME 04949
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