Fishtail Chisels are perfect for reaching the back corners of half-blind dovetails and paring other hard-to-reach areas. Their unique shape offers versatility for right and left hand recesses.
Our Fishtail Chisels are made from A2 Tool Steel, hardened to Rockwell 60-62, cryogenically treated and double tempered. Beveled at 25º, hornbeam handles.
Click here to view our YouTube video demonstrating Fishtail Chisels.
Click here to view our YouTube video "Quick Tips: Sharpening Fishtail and Corner Chisels".
*Please note that our Hornbeam chisel handles
have natural color variations in the wood grain.
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 A-2 Tool Steel.
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. 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.
A longer handle is 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.
Tool Steel can rust. To protect your chisels,you should oil, wax and/or wrap the tools after use. At the
least, wipe your fingerprints off with an oily rag. We recommend
Jojoba Oil, a vegetable oil based product.
That is non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Also, in our
shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light
surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. The oil and the
abrasive handblock are available from us.
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
Sharp chisels are dangerous and should be
handled with care. Dull chisels are even more dangerous
and should be sharpened.