Chisel. A tool, flat and pointed at the end, used by engravers to handcut a die, or by chasers in their work. For the most part it is used to remove a gross amount of dead metal, often in background cutaway.
excerpted with permission from
An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor