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aplomado

I was looking at getting a chisel for extracting fossils from limestone and slate.

 

I was presuming masonry chisels are "best"... however, most of the masonry chisels I have seen are quite large, and I wanted one smaller.

Are cold chisels suitable?

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Bob Saunders

masonry chisels are usually wider and it may be best if a wide piece is to be worked on. However I found the ones I have from Home Depot are to soft to crack open geodes. Nice protective hand grip thou. I have a long True Value brand cold chisel from a garage sale and it is great. Some general purpose cold chisels are to soft and short. There is carbide tipped ones for Geologists but expensive as in around $100 + USD each.  

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Bob Saunders

Kane, I see that you are in Ontario, and picture does not show makers or brand name, if available here in the states. Thanks. 

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Kane
14 minutes ago, Bob Saunders said:

Kane, I see that you are in Ontario, and picture does not show makers or brand name, if available here in the states. Thanks. 

I don't find brand makes much of a difference when it comes to a chisel. I pick mine up at Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Princess Auto, or wherever is convenient. The picture I supplied was only meant to be illustrative of the type which can be found at just about any hardware or home renovation store, as all of this type do the job. I go through about two per fossil season.

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Sjfriend

I've used many different brands of cold chisels with no issues. But with a few here saying don't use wood chisels I do have an exception. I use a wide one sometimes when splitting smaller very fine shale slabs. BUT you don't hit with hammer, you tap lightly :)

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