spitstick

noun
spit·​stick | \ˈspitˌstik\
variants: or spitsticker \-​kə(r) \

Definition of spitstick 

1 : a graver that is used especially to outline designs

2 : a small pointed chisel (as for making very small sloping cuts between the stones of a setting)

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History and Etymology for spitstick

spitstick alteration (influenced by stick) of spitsticker, from Dutch spitssteker, from spits pointed (from Middle Dutch, from Middle High German spiz, spitze, from Old High German spizzi) + steker graver, one that pricks or thrusts, from Middle Dutch, jouster, from steken to sting, prick, thrust + -er; akin to Old High German stehhan to sting, prick

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