Japanese Chisel - Flat Edge

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Forum topic by mike12ophone posted 02-22-2016 01:43 PM 621 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2016 01:43 PM

Are flat edge (as opposed to bevel edge) suitable for general bench use? I guess i can imagine it may be difficult for getting in toght spaces but am i missing anything else?

-- - just a man with too many hobbies

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 02:00 PM

I think those will be fine for general bench work. Ive never seen chisels with flat fronts like that but i wouldnt think that wound ever hinder the task at hand.

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 02:32 PM

Will work great for Mortise’s make sure sides are square. Stay far away from any Dove tail work!
What sizes, and are backs concave?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 02:38 PM

My buddy has a full range and offered me whichever ones i want at a steal. The backs are the typical japanese hollow grind.

These are my first chisels which is why im hesistating. For roughly the same price i could get 5 or 6 of these Yamahiros or the 4pc stanley 750s. The Stanleys would be more versatile but i wont have another chance to pick up japanese chisels for pennies. I may get 5 of the Yamahiros and one 1/4” Stanley sweetheart. ....but then my chisels wont match..

The struggle is real.

-- - just a man with too many hobbies

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 02:41 PM

Whats the bevel angle on those from the factory? Other than clearance in the corners I can’t imagine any issues but I personally like my bench chisels with a very low cutting angle for hand work than have some with a higher angle for pounding on.

The one nice side to flat ends is you don’t have to worry about cutting yourself on the bevel edges when you wrap your hand around it for control. People talk about rounding over the edges to take the sharp edge away but I have a hard time bringing myself to doing that for some reason.

I would think having one small chisel with bevel sides for really tight spaces might be a good way to go. It would be hard to pass these up if I could get 5 of them for the price of a 4pc set of the new Stanleys.

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 02:47 PM

Yeah no clue of the bevel angle

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