Manual tool. Utensil, generally metallic, of steel, wood, fiber, plastic or rubber, which is used to perform more appropriately, easily and with the use of less energy, construction or repair tasks, than only with a high degree of difficulty and effort could be done without them.
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- 3 Antiquity
- 4 The Egyptians
- 5 Sources
The tool, generally metallic, made of steel , wood , fiber , plastic or rubber , is used as a manual or hand tool, which is used to carry out more appropriate, simple and with the use of less energy, construction or repair tasks, which only with a high degree of difficulty and effort they could be done without them.
Hand tools have been used for millennia, but it will be from the last quarter of the 19th century when a new generation of these occurs, due to an improvement in the materials with which they were manufactured, the development of their mass production and the appearance of interchangeable parts, in addition to the increase in its working power.
Hand tools have endured and come down to us since ancient times. Archeology has discovered the existence of mountain ranges and chisels, some even made with precious metals, in Sumerian tombs and sarcophagi.
The Egyptians developed structural carpentry, naval carpentry, and advanced detail-laden furniture, far from being purely functional, with embellishments and ornamental motifs. They used box and tenon assemblies and the chisel was already a very popular tool with which they made ornamental carvings.