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18th Century Chisel by John Green

6th July 2019

18th Century Chisel by John Green

A scarce early paring chisel tang by John GREEN of Sheffield.

18th Century Chisel by John Green

This 18th century chisel has some wonderful features including:

18th Century Chisel by John Green

The slightly bevelled edges.

18th Century Chisel by John Green

The graceful sweep from the bolster to the shoulders, over a length of 3 inches with this chisel.

18th Century Chisel by John Green

The tapered blade, 2 inches wide at the cutting edge tapering down to 1 3/4 inches at the shoulders.  The distance between the shoulders and the edge is 4 1/4 inches.

18th Century Chisel by John Green


The thickness of the blade is quite thin, 3/16" thick at the shoulders down to 3/32" at the cutting edge.  Due to the cost of producing crucible or cast steel, early chisels of this size were typically of laminated construction with a piece of cast steel laminated to the body only where required for the cutting edge.  After a thorough examination we can find no trace of a join and assume that this tang is fully cast throughout.

18th Century Chisel by John Green

With a new, octagonal, handle fitted this chisel will make a fine addition to its new owner's collection.

Enjoy the photos.

Robert Leach

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