Antique Fish Tail Bent Front Gouge Chisel 1.6 inch
This is a very nice early 1900's era gouge chisel that is not marked by the maker, in fact it appears to have been hand make by an accomplished metal worker. A very nice medium flat sweep, short bent, fish tail spade gouge chisel with a medium arch in the width of the chisel cutting edge area giving the user a better cutting position, sometime call a curved front gouge. In the old Addis catalog, (if this was an Addis chisel) it would be a No. 25 gouge arc or sweep, combine with about the maximum bent front shape. The steel alone measures 5.20" long from the sharp cutting edge (out-channel sharpened) to the handle. The chisel overall length is 9.9". The handle is the milti-sided type, has a good brass ferrule, no cracks, nice looking, very solid, well attached, has some past owner's intials stamped on the handle in two places. The steel is of good quality, appears to have been heat treated, and has a nice cutting edge on it also. I bought it from the same estate that included several Addis and other top quality English chisels as well. Although this one is not as highly polished as the Addis chisels, it is smooth and well formed. A top quality chisel that has lasted many years! In very good condition overall!
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