By now you will know that I have a relationship with old hand tools that permeates my woodwork. And from time to time I wax lyrical about them.
Anyhoo, years and years back - can't remember when, it may be decades by now, I acquired one chisel among a few others, that I liked immediately, and have used ever since. It is a Mathieson bevelled edge with a lovely fine blade.
Ever since, I have kept looking for others - and every few years or more, another has come along.
On Sunday, I found another, and now have a grand total of four.
These are 1/8, 1/2, 5/8 and 1-1/4.
The handles are a joy to hold, and the steel is very good.
Alex Mathieson - Glasgow - made hand tools from 1822-1966. Just when these particular four chisels were made is unknown to me, but I'd like to think that they are either late 19th or early 20th century tools.
The handles are beech, and brass ferrules guard against splitting - as these are tanged bevelled edge chisels. They are excellent paring chisels, the shape of the handle aiding their dexterity.
Having shared my find with some friends, the subject of American chisels came along, specifically in relation to trying to identify trade marks stamped on the chisel face or socket.
This is the one that sparked the discussion, and next to it, what it would have looked like in its younger days:
Specifically: Union Hardware Co - Torrington Connecticut
It occurred to me to post some more of the American made chisel logos to assist in identifying troublesome and hazy trade marks in the future.
So - here they are.
Chisels Manufactured in the USA
Brand and Trademark
Of necessity, this will be a work in progress as I do not have access to all the possible trade marks and logos - there are hundreds. It is but a start.
Blue Grass by The Belknap Hardware & Manufacturing Co
D R Barton - Rochester NY - One of the best
Douglass Manufacturing Co - Precursor to The James Swan Co - and as good as ...
Greenlee - Rockford Illinois
C E Jennings & Co
G I Mix & Co
Pexto - along with P S & W - one of the best
Sargent & Co NY
Stanley - of course! Of which there were numerous trade marks.
The James Swan Co - successor to the Douglass - One of my top two US chisel makers of all time.
L & I J White
Image courtesy of Nicholas Bourke - Gratias my friend
Winsted Edge Tool Works - aka Thomas Witherby
Well this is a start - I'll add to these marks as they come to hand. In the meantime here is a small reference for those seeking clarification of US Chisel Trade Marks & Logos.
If you have any different logos or trade marks that you don't mind sharing, you can:
....it would be very much appreciated.