Alcotana. Named for its shape similar to a alcotán , it is a tool of masonry dedicated especially roughing and brushing walls . Widely used to remove plaster from walls before doing other work.


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  • 1 Historical Review
  • 2 Features
  • 3 Variants
  • 4 Use
  • 5 Precautions
  • 6 Maintenance
  • 7 External links
  • 8 Sources

Historical review

Those types of axes are Asian, it was one of the so-called “hatchet axes” head cutters. The ax of sapper or farmhouse, and the pickaxe are tools that appear in the hands of the pawns especially in the sieges and construction of palisades, and that could have derived in the hammer of arms.


Small tool with a handle for a better grip in its use and with an iron piece with 2 protruding ends, one in the form of an ax or vertical blade and the other as a small horizontal blade hoe useful in roughing and past the walls.

A typical casket consists of a wooden handle , somewhat longer in length than that of a conventional hammer , at one end of which, adjusted by means of a ring , an iron piece is arranged transversely which has two ends suitable for work: one with ax-shaped and another azuela-shaped.


The alcotanas can also appear with some variant with respect to the above: for example, instead of the cutting end they can have a hammer , mallet or pickaxe end . In such a case, you called: alcotana two hands (for larger) alcotana hand (for piquetilla).


The alcotana is used to brush the walls as well as to cut the pieces of tiles and bricks .


Tool that must be handled carefully due to its penetration or cutting capacity.


Although it does not need special maintenance, it is necessary to keep its cutting ends sharp to maintain its effectiveness.



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