Castor Chisels

Castor chisels were an interesting find. They are a typical-looking Swedish chisel that comes from Eskilstuna, Sweden. I don’t know who manufactured them, although it seems likely that it was the same manufacturer who made the Beaver (and possibly Tecomaster) brand of chisels. This is just speculation so far.

They are another participant in the Swedish chisel “Beaver” theme. “Castor” means “beaver” in Spanish, French, and perhaps some other languages too. The label on the handle contains the phrases “MADE IN SWEDEN” and “FABRICADO EN SUECIA” (“FABRICATED IN SWEDEN” in Spanish).

The Castor chisel below is a tanged bench chisel with a nice looking beech handle. The steel ring on top appears to be painted black, rather than being plain blued steel. That may have been done by the owner. The ferrule on the base is nicely knurled with vertical lines top and bottom.



There is some sort of label on the back, although I can’t make out what it is.



Beneath “CASTOR” are two lines. The first line says: “LINDÉN & LINDSTRÖM AB” which is presumably the name of the company that distributed the chisels. The second line, “GOTHENBURG . SWEDEN” is their location.



Compare the beaver drawing  on the Castor label above to the ones on the two Beaver brand chisels below. It’s essentially the same. Perhaps both brands were made by the same manufacturer.




The stamp on the above chisel didn’t come out too well, so I’ve included another help give a better idea of what it looks like.




Here is a Castor handle decal with another decal containing a rooster showing underneath it. So far, I have been unable to identify the chisel brand associated with the  “rooster”.

Castor and Rooster Labels 600px 1a


2 comments on “Castor Chisels
  1. Randall Nelson says:

    Birch: Two observations- the second picture shows a sticker on the back of the handle of your Castor chisel- it looks like it could be a Solliden sticker, quite worn. They were printed as a brown/gold flake background with black lettering, which soon rubs off with use, just leaving the scrubbed background color. It looks like they needed a handle and didn’t do a good job taking off the Solliden label- must have been in a hurry to fill an order! Notice also- your fifth picture shows a Birch handle, where the rest show handles made of Beech. Was the fifth picture of a socket chisel? Seems like they often went with the better wood with socket chisels, probably because Beech is softer and would tend to loosen or even break off at the socket with actual use.

  2. Birch says:

    Castor seems to like to combine decals. I have a Castor chisel with a decal with a rooster on it partially showing underneath the Castor label. I have just posted a photo of it in the above article.

    The fifth photo is a Beaver socket chisel with a birch handle. I have a set of four Beaver socket chisels, all with birch handles.

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