Bench chisels are the 'maids of all work' of the woodworkers toolkit. Available in various styles and a range of widths they are used for joint cutting, paring and myriad other cutting jobs requiring precision and clean cutting action.
These chisels are normally sharpened with a primary bevel of 25 degrees and a secondary bevel of 30 degrees. However, if softwood is being utlised, it may be found beneficial to reduce the secondary bevel to 25 degrees to match the primary bevel to give a cleaner cut in these softer timbers. This does result in a more easily damaged cutting edge so should not be undertaken lightly - and never for use in hardwoods. Bench chisels should be sharpened to the user's satisfaction, after dressing the back flat, before first use.
This set of four (4) chisels from Hamlet Craft Tools, of Sheffield, UK, is of the bevel edge form - the blades are ground away on either side to reduce binding and increase manouverability when working in close confines - for example when cutting dovetails. The blades are of High Carbon steel to enable a very fine edge to be produced, for the smoothest of cuts. The set is supplied in a card display box, suitable for gift packing.
The chisels are fitted with parallel brass ferrules and the blade seats on the handle with a traditional forged bolster. The handle is in stained beech and is of circular cross-section.
The vital statistics of the tool are as follows (all dimensions are approximate and provided for general guidance only):-
Blade Style: Straight
Blade Widths included: 6mm; 13mm; 19mm; 25mm (¬; «; ó and 1 inch)
Overall Length: 255mm to 300mm (10« to 11« inches) dependent upon blade width
Handle Material: stained beech, with brass ferrule
Based in Sheffield and still manufacturing tools in the traditional way, Hamlet Craft Tools is a mainstay of the woodturnign and woodcarving world, offering both high quality craftsmanship with good value for money.
Hamlet Craft Tools, based in Sheffield, England have been producing quality tools for a long time but, in the tradition of this famous toolmaking city, had been producing these for others to sell under their own brand names. The Company are now part of the Henry Taylor group and have brought that tradition of excellence and experience to the range of tools now marketed under the Hamlet brand.
A number of products offered in these pages are available uniquely through The ToolPost inthe UK. This includes the full range of M42 gouges, covering bowl, spindle and spindle roughing gouge types.