This tool was used by blacksmiths to cut hot metal at a forge. Two workmen were usually required for this operation, one to place the tool on the hot metal and another to strike the chisel head. The long handle is simply a round iron rod wrapped tightly around the chisel. Because the metal cut by this tool was quite hot, the handle length kept hands safely away from the heat and clear of a hammerman with poor aim. The latter may have been especially important in the small confines of the Dominys' forge.
Chisel, Nathaniel Dominy IV (purchaser/owner), Felix Dominy (owner), 1800-1835. Iron; Steel. 25.6" (L), 5.8" (W). Museum purchase with funds provided by Henry Belin du Pont, 1957.0026.499