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#1 posted 12-27-2011 05:34 PM

Mallets are necessary when using chisels with plastic or wood handles. Having said that, if you use Japanese chisels, the ones with a metal hoop at the top, it is recommended that you use a steel hammer on those. For the others, you need a wooden mallet so that you do not destroy the handle. Some chisels, mortise chisels for instance, take a lot of hard hammering to do their job. You do not want to kill the handle by striking them with a steel hammer. It has not happened to me (yet), but I have heard of mortise chisels with very robust beech handles, being destroyed by wooden mallets. That is a testament to hard they get struck.

Personally, I have a very large beech mallet that I use for bigger chopping tasks (mortises). I have a smaller lignum vitae round type mallet for small chopping tasks (dovetails). I have a smaller metal hammer I use on my Japanese chisels. Get a mallet (or two) and save your chisels.

-- Mike

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