A hacking knife AKA hack-out knife (which is what we called them when I
was building, glazing, and repairing wooden sash) I still have a
couple. Great tool. Like the others that have been mentioned, it will
do in a pinch.
But it isn't what you really want. All of these are sharp. What is
wanted is a blade that is not sharp enough to sever the grain, a froe.
One is illustrated on page 33 of Eric Sloane's A Museum of Early
American Tools. His illustration shows a smith made tool. Mine was
factory made in England (can't quite make out the company name). It has
a blade 2 1/2 inches wide by 8 1/2 inches long and 3/16 inches thick.
Still made -- Schrade SCHF64 froe, fixed 8.5" blade.
You want an edge like a froe? Get a froe.
Mike in Woodland