3/8" Skew Chisel Pair Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

3/8" Skew Chisel Pair



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Skew Chisels

The same as our Bevel Edge Socket Chisels but with a left and a right hand skew for jobs like cleaning out the corners of dovetail pins.

Available in pairs 1/4" (6.35mm), 3/8" (9.52mm) and 1/2" (1.27cm).

  • Angle of skew 20°.
  • A2 Tool Steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62
  • Hornbeam handles

Please note that our Hornbeam chisel handles have natural color variations in the wood grain.
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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 socket chisels in a vast array. Socket chisel handles are less likely to break than tang chisels, and can be replaced easily. At 9" long, our chisels are particularly comfortable in the hand and have excellent balance.


Our chisel 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. Longer handles are available for paring — overall length is 13".

Re-Seating Handles:

When your Chisels arrive, the handles may be loose because of wood shrinkage. They 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 (some people find loose handles annoying and prefer to glue them in).

Removing Handles:

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.


Our chisels are made of A-2 Tool Steel, hardened to Rockwell 60-62, cryogenically treated and double tempered.


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.


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.


Sharp chisels are dangerous and should be handled with care. Dull chisels are even more dangerous and should be sharpened.