We get a lot of
questions about chisels. Some of the questions are about different brands,
but many are about how different styles of chisels are used for different
applications. A century ago, tool catalogs carried pages and pages of
chisels - different sizes, different shapes, different styles, an amazing
array. A good many of the styles and shapes popular then have disappeared.
the basic criteria for selecting a set of chisels have stayed the same.
The descriptions below are not exhaustive. They'll to help explain the basic styles and use of each type of chisel. Click on any of the photographs to get to the department where we stock those type of chisels and for more information on specific models of chisel. (For the moment we have left out unusual styles and special purpose chisels to concentrate on the styles that are most popular.) For a detailed definition of the entire family of chisels and in fact all and woodworking tools we highly recommend the classic (but sadly now out of print) Dictionary of Woodworking Tools by R. A. Salaman.
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