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Picked this up here in Wisconsin.  I buy a lot of antique tools but also buy a lot of stuff that I have no idea exactly what is is used for. The other end of this thing has been pounded a lot and has quite a bit of mushrooming.  Handle is relatively thin and about 18 inches long. The edges of the ridges are still pretty sharp and the pin in the middle is intact.





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Yes they did.  Rock drill tip sharpening swage. The pin in the middle was designed to go into the hole in the drill shaft that the water was pumped through---to keep it from closing up while "sharpening" the tip with the swage.  6 point is not as common as the 4 point "star".

Not an uncommon find in old mining area blacksmith shops.

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