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#1 posted 03-20-2012 11:51 PM

David, thanks. Some good ideas there.

Smitty, the strike-end rings are actually found on many socket chisels. If you’ve ever seen Japanese chisels, you’ll note that many are socket design and nearly all have the steel bands on the back end.

I agree that when it comes to common US, English, German and other similar chisels, the steel bands are more common to the tang design. Where as sockets usually were equipped with leather washers or some other form of padding a the top, or left with a rounded wooden end as is shown in the L-N design.

But, since I am making these, and I don’t really care about being “type correct”, I would use the steel bands if there was enough benefit. And I guess that is what I am looking to find out; if there really is enough benefit to the metal band to warrant the trouble of including them on my new handles.

Thanks again

-- Kenny

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