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    Posted 3 years ago

    Shaynelv
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    Found this old tool in my grandfather's garage. Very similar to a miner's pick axe or a masonry tool. What has stumped is that on one end it has a hammer like tip with the brand or mark "R8" stamped into it. Looks like it would leave the symbol "R8" if it struck certain materials or was heated like a branding iron. Or maybe just a maker's mark? Anyone know?

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    1. Brunswick Brunswick, 3 years ago
      Looks to be masonary..I'm in no way a expert on tools deeply, I have a few of these and were told masonary..what type? I don't know....
      Welcome to CW!!!

      Thomas.
    2. Motoolz, 2 years ago
      It looks like a "log marking" hammer to identify ownership of logs shipped by water from woods to mill





    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      I believe you have a hammer made for making swage blocks.
    4. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      ROOFING SLATERS HAMMER...??
    5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      The design is totally wrong for slate work. It might well be a log marker as Motoolz suggested but I never saw a marker this light weight. I suggested swage blocks because in less hardened materials like lead or wood it would work.

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