Lie-Nielsen Chisels are based on the Stanley 750 Bevel Edge Socket Chisels. Socket chisels are not common these days, perhaps because they are expensive to make, but Stanley and others once produced these chisels in a vast array. Socket chisel handles are less likely to break than tang chisels, and can be replaced easily. Our chisels are particularly comfortable in the hand and have excellent balance.
Our A2 Steel chisels will hold an edge extremely well, especially when sharpened at an angle of 30º or higher.
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Edges are square, parallel along the length, and very narrow so you can get into tight places. The backs are ground flat and finished by hand at 400 grit. The bevel is flat ground at 30°, but a higher secondary bevel (about 35°) is advisable, depending on the wood and how the chisel is being used. Additional honing is recommended.
Lie-Nielsen Chisels have Maine-harvested Hornbeam handles. 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
don’t recommend using a 16-ounce framing hammer with these chisels, though that
is how we test them.
Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.Warning: Sharp chisels are dangerous and should be handled with care. Dull chisels are even more dangerous and should be sharpened.