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    Default Mystery tool

    Was rummaging in my family's collection of tools over the weekend, looking for a engineers square. I know my parents had one but no luck. Instead i found this. Anyone have an idea what this was used for? My grandfather used to be an upholsterer of railway carriages and my great grandfather was a master shoe maker. Connected to either of these trades? Thinking i could use it for my jewellery
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    I think it's a wood chisel, Sheena.
    Re engineers' squares, they're allrightish, but in the hands of the uninitiated like myself, you can get a more perfect sqare using 1.0mm grapph paper. I like the blue one, because it's easy on the eye.
    You can also buy templates for squares, as use by graphic artists. Dennis.

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    At first glance I thought it was a graver, but after a closer look I agree with Dennis. Most likely a small chisel.

    Nick

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    Definitely a mortice chisel

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    Maybe i should keep it for a future woodworking project rather than doing something awful to it with metal work

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigma View Post
    Looks like a mortice chisel for woodworking.
    Will look up mortice chisel to see what i can do with it

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    Would you believe cut mortices with it (as in mortice & tenon joints)?


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    Does it have a brand on it, if it is old then it is most likely carbon steel and would not be hard enough for metal work

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