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docholladay

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1573 days ago

I’ve been looking on ebay and I see Stanley #720 and #750 Bevel Edge Chisels. Both appear to be socket style chisels. Both appear to be bevel edge design. From what I can tell in the pictures, I think that the 750 may be a little thicker and heavier blade than the #720. Other than that, can anyone tell me the difference between them? Also, is one preferred over the other for various purposes?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc


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Marc5

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#1 posted 1572 days ago

I believe the difference is the 720’s are longer than the 750’s. I have a couple 750’s but no 720’s.

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Francisco Luna

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#2 posted 1453 days ago

Have one for sale, full length, 1-¼” wide…..........$50
Stanley Chisel

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Div

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#3 posted 1453 days ago

What a beauty!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Richard Dunlap

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#4 posted 1453 days ago

Indeed the 750’s are shorter than the 720’s. The 750’s are considered by many to be the quintensential bench chisel with exellent feel and balance. They are the ones Lie Nielson patterned his premium chisels after. These are great for choping and using with a mallet. The 720’s , with their longer length are most suited to pairing where the are pushed by hand. I just did my first turning project yesterday, a handle for a 1 1/4” 750. :-)

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swirt

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#5 posted 1453 days ago

rldunlap, I’d like to see how you made out with a new handle. I have a few that I am getting ready to make. I like the feel of the handles on the few 750’s I have, but I am thinking I want to make them the same profile but a couple of inches longer. ... I’m still collecting ideas. Would like to see yours if you have a moment to post it as a project.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Richard Dunlap

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#6 posted 1452 days ago

Here is the handle I made. Picture is a little fuzzy, not the best camera. I used white oak and capped the end with 3 pieces of leather. As far as making the handle longer, one of the reasons people like the 750’s so much for bench work is the fact that they are short and balance well. Longer handles are more suited to paring chisels.

http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac204/rldunlap1950/IM000493.jpg

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 1452 days ago

Wow, Moai, that is a beautiful chisel!

I wish that I could help you, Doc, but I don’t know much about the early Stanley chisels.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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swirt

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#8 posted 1452 days ago

Thanks rldunlap. Nice work. I use mine by hand (as paring) and with a mallet so I’ll go just a touch longer but not too much.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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