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 shaprned 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 chisel is of the Robert Sorby Gilt Edge bevel edge form - the blade is 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 510 series chisels are fitted with elegant tapered brass ferrules and the impact of use is absorbed by a leather washer bearing onto a tapered bolster which blends smoothly into the ferrule giving a very comfortable grip. The handle is in boxwood and is of traditional simple form with a 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 Width: 6mm (¬ inch)
Overall Length: 267mm (10« inches)
Handle Material: Boxwood, with brass ferrule
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