Tool Handle – File


The Swash Channel Wreck carpentry assemblage is dominated by handles for chisels, files or similar tools. Most have the hollow section for the metal tang visible and have rounded ends indicating use by holding with the hand as with files and some chisels. Many of the handles are faceted and octagonal in cross- section, and some taper, while others are straight from end to end. This common octagonal and faceted feature suggests that the tools were possibly made as part of set.  These tools also feature a stepped down section for the fitting a ferrule. Moxton (1683, p. 69) shows several different variations of chisels using this type of handle.

SCW 891 still had part of the concretion attached showing that it was the handle for a cross cut file.