Use & Care Instructions
Lie-Nielsen Fishtail Chisels are great for cleaning waste out
of hard-to-reach places like half blind dovetail sockets. Made
from O-1 Tool Steel for ease of sharpening.
The backs are ground flat and finished by hand
at 400 grit. The bevel is flat ground at 25°, but a higher
secondary bevel (about 30°) is advisable, depending on the
wood and how the chisel is being used. Additional honing is
recommended before use.
Lie-Nielsen Chisels have Maine-harvested
Hornbeam handles standard, with Cocobolo handles optional.
Hornbeam, also known as Ironwood, was once prized for
its toughness, but usually winds up as firewood these days.
This under-utilized species makes superb chisel handles.
We recommend Cocobolo for paring only, not for chopping.
Longer handles in both species are available for paring
— overall length is 13".
When your Chisel arrives, the handle
may be loose because of wood shrinkage. It may also loosen
during dry weather. The handles are held in place by the
wedging of the wood into the tapered socket. Just rap the
chisel handle upside down to re-seat the handle. Although
I’ve had chisel sets in my shop for years without the handles
coming loose, some people have the opposite experience.
One solution to a loose handle is to apply hair spray to the
tapered section and re-seat as described. Strange as it may
sound, it’s effective - and unlike glue, it’s reversible.
One of the advantages of the socket
design is that if you want to change handles, you can simply
tap the side of the handle on a board and pop the handle off.
Materials: Our fishtail chisels are made of O-1 Tool Steel,
hardened to Rockwell 60-62