Made by Henry Taylor Tools of Sheffield, UK, these chisels are for the toughest jobs such as timber framing and heavy constrution work but with particular application for gettign into awkward corners and tight locations which cannot be reached with a straight chisel. The cranked, socketed blade design completely obviates the risk inherent in tanged-style blades of breakage in line with the end of the tang. The drilling of the hole into the handle for a tanged style fixing weakens the handle and creates a stress point, making breakage more likely. In the socket style of handle fixing, the harder the handle is driven, the more tightly it seats into the integral deep, thick-section, forged socket at the top of the blade. If the handle is destroyed by over-ethusiastic or long working, the handle is easily removed and replaced with no detriment to the integrity of the tool. These carbon steel blades, whilst relatively slim in section compared with machined designs, are of firmer chisel design (i.e. rectangular in cross-section). Most importantly, they are hand forged so that the grain structure of the steel is continuous throughout the blade, incuding through the swan neck, or crank, lending great strength and durability to the tool. Such a tool is used for chopping out deep mortises and squaring shoulders, sometimes even taking the place of a plane in inaccessible locations, where the offset keeps the knuckles clear of the timber surface, rather in the style of a mini-slick.
The vital statistics of the tool are as follows (all dimensions are approximate and provided for general guidance only):-
Blade Width: 38mm (1« inch)
Blade Length: 200mm (8 in)
Handle Material: Ash, tapered to fit into socket, with steel hoop at top end
Hand Forged Steel Wood Working Tools for Wood Carving and Woodturning; High Speed Steel Tools and Carbon Steel Tools from Henry Taylor.
Diamic brand woodturning tools have been produced in Sheffield by skilled craftsmen, from the finest steel for more than one hundred and fifty years. The manufacturer of these tools marries traditional hand crafting and forging skills with modern heat treatment and finishing techniques to give the quality of design, finish and edge retaining properties demanded by woodturners of today. Stringent control ensures that the best steel is selected. Each tool is carefully forged, correctly hardened and tempered, then hardness-tested to guarantee edge retention.
Acorn carving tools are world renowned and have been made by Henry Taylor Tools since 1834, combining the traditional pride and skills of those far off days with the aids of modern technology. Only the best quality steel is used, coupled with advanced heat treatment, to ensure that the finest of cutting edges is not only achieved but also maintained.