Anyone know what brand of chisel this is?

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09-28-2009 01:02 AM

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I was reading up on hand mortising and I came across the article from Popular Woodworking. I was wondering if anyone knows what brand of chisel Frank Klausz has in this picture

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 01:33 AM

It’s an oval bolstered mortise chisel, the classic English mortise chisel. The only current maker I know if is Ashley Iles but they make them of D-2 steel and, for me personally, I have no use for D-2. I don’t know what they’re like now but I was given one of this when they first came out and every surface was badly dubbed and rounded from abrasive shaping because D-2 just isn’t a good steel to machine. I gave it away because it would have taken hours to correct and used up some expensive diamond grinding wheels.

Old English mortise chisels are pretty common in Great Britain and British antique tool dealers often have a selection of them available. It’s the way I’d go if I wanted one.

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 03:57 PM

Hi Larry

Small correction – the new chisels are by Ray Iles (not Ashley Iles) and they are available through Tools for Working Wood.

The two I have (1/4” and 3/8”) are perfect. No dubbing. The D2 steel is quite amazing with regard edge holding. They get sharp and stay sharp a long time. Having said this, I would anticipate that it is likely to be overkill for most woodworkers. It does make a difference in the hard, abrasive Australian woods I work. However I also have a bunch of vintage Ward OBM chisels. Their laminated steel is nearly as good, and almost keep up with the RIs. Certainly a lot cheaper. Cheaper still if, as I did, one rehandles orphans.

Regards from Perth


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