from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A chisel, thin in proportion to its width. It has a tang to enter the handle instead of a socket for receiving it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A carpenters' chisel with a blade thin in proportion to its width. The blade is fixed to the handle by a tang, as distinguished from that of the framing-chisel, in which the handle is received in a socket.
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- n. a chisel with a thin blade for woodworking
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The most familiar form is the _firmer-chisel_, Fig. 65, which is said to get its name from the fact that it is firmer or stiffer than the paring-chisel.
The firmer-chisel is a general utility tool, being suited for hand pressure or mallet pounding, for paring or for light mortising.