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Forum topic by bonesbr549 posted 05-31-2015 12:45 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2015 12:45 PM

wow learned a valuable lesson yesterday. I was paring and was gripping the sides and it was hot and hands were a bit sweaty and my hand slid down the side and layed my thumb open. Bled like a stuck hog. I’m real careful now to only grip top n bottom of blade.

An extreme joy to use but they bite if you aren’t careful.

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#1 posted 05-31-2015 12:59 PM

OUCH!!! Glad you are okay. Hard lesson learned though.

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#2 posted 05-31-2015 01:02 PM

All chisels are like this, especially after the back has been flattened. Take a few gentle swipes along the corners with a fine stone to break the corner. Leave the last 1/4” or so sharp (I don’t know why but it feels like the right thing to do).

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 01:03 PM

A lot of people file or sand the edges down except for the last 3/8th’s or so. You want the edges crisp near the cutting edge, but it really doesn’t matter beyond that. I doubt you’ll ever remove more than an 1/8th or so over the life of the chisel.


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#4 posted 05-31-2015 01:14 PM

The Lie-Nielsens are especially bad at this. My old Stanley socket chisels you can grip the blade with one hand to help control the chisel where the LN’s will cut your fingers open if you do. I have heard of people rounding over the edges of the LN’s but have not been brave enough to do that to mine yet.

I keep the LN’s with a little over a 30 degree bevel angle for chopping and hard paring than keep a couple old Stanlys around with a much lower bevel angle of around 20 degrees for fine parring.

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#5 posted 05-31-2015 01:26 PM

That’s a problem with the new Veritas chisels as well, I broke the corners down to within 1/2” or so of the cutting edge.

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#6 posted 05-31-2015 02:05 PM

I used to cut my fingers open all the time on the sides of my chisels. Then I broke all the edges on the bench grinder.

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#7 posted 05-31-2015 04:25 PM

Take care when breaking down the edge on the sides. It is square for a reference. I don’t break my edges as I hold my chisels on the handle with a firm but not death grip. But if the edges are too sharp then run them over a mdf board. Will dull it enough without damaging the edges.

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#8 posted 05-31-2015 06:27 PM

I can’t see myself grinding those chisels. I’ll just be real careful on use.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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