Types of Antique Tools

Whether you prefer to collect planes, saws, levels, wrenches, hammers, chisels or even rules. Antique tools are a collectors pride and joy. The condition of a tool as well as its type can be worth a few hundred dollars. Getting into collecting antique tools is not for the faint of heart. There is always more to learn but the reward is ever so sweet.


When it comes to antique chisels there are 3 main types:

Woodworking Chisels

These chisels range from small which are used for tiny details, to large which are used to remove large sections of wood. There are many different types of chisels, each used for specific purposes.




Carpenters Chisels

These chisels are typically used for both framing and finish carpentry work. They have a super sharp edge so that they can notch out wood without taking too much.


Lathe Chisels

These are designed to cut wood that is spun on a lathe. They typically have longer handles for extra leverage. The angle and method these chisels are sharpened is also different to a traditional chisel.



The axe is one of the oldest known hand tools in existence. There are a numeber of different types of antique axes such as:

Single bit felling axes

Available as single and double bit (bit being the cutting edge of the axe head). These axes are used to cut arross the grain of wood. The bit of a felling axe needs to be very sharp in order to cut through the tree fibres.


Broad Axes

Commonly used for precision splitting otherwise known as “hewing”. Hewing is the squaring of round timbers usually for use in construction. The bit of a broad axe are typically chisel-shaped allowing for more controlled work as the flat cheek passes the squared timber.

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