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Posted on Need paring knives--a set-- for an upcoming hand tool joinery class--recommendations?

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#1 posted 11-09-2016 09:25 PM

Paring chisels are traditionally chisels with
long, thin blades, and usually beveled edges
to get into dovetail and other joint corners.

A 10” blade paring chisel can get 10” into
a sawn dado or sliding dovetail. These days
with power tools doing such a neat job cutting
these joints those long chisels may not get
as much use. Crank-necked paring chisels
can trim out the bottom of a groove of unlimited

I don’t have any proper paring chisels with
the super long blades but I do have some crank
neck Buck bros paring chisels and they are lots
of fun to work with. For cutting dovetails you
just need regular bench chisels and some people
like me prefer ones on the shorter side like the
Barr and Japan ones… get my hands closer to
the work. When I’m hitting the chisel with
a hammer I like the shorter chisels too, they’re
a little easier to steer.

I like to use a steel hammer instead of a mallet
so I prefer hooped handles.

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