Posted 6 years ago
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.