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    Posted 6 years ago

    hotairfan
    (297 items)

    An early splitting wedge. highly marked with slashes and punch marks. I was told that the markings were a kind of signature of the blacksmith who made it. I don't know if I believe that, it could be a way of helping to align the wedge in the log as it is splitting the wood. This square wedge has a hardwood plug that the logger strikes when using the tool. It also has a forged iron ring around the wooden insert to increase the life of the wooden plug. I know that there is a specific name for this type of wedge (with a wooden plug), but, for the life of me, I can't think of it. Anybody out there know? Anyway, it's a nice piece of pioneer homestead history.

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    1. Celiene Celiene, 6 years ago
      Maybe also post in tools?
    2. BHock45 BHock45, 6 years ago
      Man, hotairfan....I am jealous. In fact, I just saw one of these, the guy was asking a little too much. It did not have any decoration like yours. I remember reading somewhere that these were decorated for a certain reason. Do you have the Schiffer text: Antique Iron, English and American: 15th Century Through 1850? There is a very similar piece in the book, I will have to read the description again and get back to you.

      You have some really really great items, always a pleasure to stop in and see what you have. Take care man!
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      It is a socket wedge. It is a wedge with a socketed handle. They turned out to be not very useful and gave way to solid steel wedges. Good item that you don't see much anymore.
    4. hotairfan hotairfan, 6 years ago
      Thank you for your comments BHock45
    5. hotairfan hotairfan, 2 years ago
      I went to a local PA German festival two days ago. It was very interesting and I tried to see and talk to most of the craftsmen who were displaying their talent in making items by hand using only hand tools. I was surprised to see a similar socketed tool, (what I thought was a wedge).
      The men were making oak fence posts for a split rail fence. I asked how the wedge was used in fence making. They told me that it wasn't a wedge at all. It was a primitive chisel. they said wedges had no socket, just solid wrought iron.
      They said if it had a socket, it was a chisel, soooo, I guess what I am showing you in this posting is a primitive chisel.... You live and learn.

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