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    Default Car boot find, knife, Any ideas???

    Found this at local car boot and thought it would make an excellent knife for battoning due to the full grind. Found it even more interesting when home. It is definately hand forged as the thickness in the full tang is very random. Seems to be mid 19th century and has very short handle made from very thick leather rivetted on with copper rivets much like saddlers use.

    Marked with 'R.HAWLEY&SONS SHEFFIELD ENGLAND' and '1848' which I assume is date plus'C1519' and the war dept arrow. blade is 7inch long, 1 3/4 high and 7mm thick at top! Handle is 4 1/2 inch long.

    Anyone have any ideas? Thinking it may be a farriors tool?IMG_1928.jpgIMG_1926.jpg
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    looks a bit like a putty knife to me, used to chop out old putty from around windows, bash the spine with a hammer and cut the old hard putty out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbi View Post
    looks a bit like a putty knife to me
    Yip! i would go with putty knife to !

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    What Robbi says... though I know it as a glaziers knife it's the same thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbi View Post
    looks a bit like a putty knife to me, used to chop out old putty from around windows, bash the spine with a hammer and cut the old hard putty out.
    Yeah, I agree, haven't seen one cranked like that but then something old like that would be slightly different to current day stuff.

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    Why so heavy then? IGNORE ME!!! Explained above.
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    Glaziers 'chipping' knife.Hacking knives are straight.Nice find

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.Lewis View Post
    Why so heavy then?
    Control and durability... a thinner blade would bur over quicker as it's hit and the weight helps hold it on what it's going to chip out
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    Cheers for the replies! Guess its a glazing tool then.. Still its good steel and reckon it will do what I wanted it too!
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    Thats a proper hacking out knife that! I pretty much grew up with one of these in hand. Nice find.

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