Yankee Josh. Thank you for your input. I’ll try to figure it out. I’m so clueless on this type of forum that I accidentally deleted your reply!Deleted.
Great link!! I believe that I have deduced it's use. For lack of a better name, I’m calling it a “kindling hatchet”. After using a bastard file and 3 different grits of diamond stone, it works like a dream. I have posted pics and a video.(the pic w the house is a video of it in use)
The tool had no file or grinding marks on it before I touched up (and I do mean touched up) the edges. It had not been retouched since it was made. The chisel edge sharpness was dulled over 16 years of being in a bucket of other tools. It was beveled exactly as shown in the pics. It would not have ever been completely flat on the back side. The bevels meet at the center of the thickness.Appears to be a woodworking tool, maybe a paring chisel of some sort. Its supposed to have a flat back with a single ground edge, so if it has a grind on both sides its not longer useful in its original purpose.
I can’t for the life of me come up with a better explanation. The wedging of the edge, the very slight bow to the “flat” side plus the angle on the front all add up to grease wood splitting. The handle is definitely unorthodox, but not awkward.That handle isn't right for a tool to be used as a kindling hatchet. It's something else.