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Small Sharp Iron

Date: 1890-1950
Overall: 123 x 50 x 1 mm, 132 g, 25 mm
Medium: Steel
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Bernard Lake
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Caulking Iron
Object No: 00053674

User Terms

    A small sharp iron used for cutting out defective strands of oakum before the pitch is laid out. A caulking iron is a chisel-like tool, usually about 6-7 inches long, mushroom-headed and their blades are mostly flared - a shape known as fantail. Their edges are sharp, blunt, or provided with grooves known as creases. They are driven by the means of a caulking mallet. The purpose of caulking tools is to force stranded oakum into the seams between the planks to make them watertight.

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