Vintage Stanley Bevel Edge Chisels

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Forum topic by docholladay posted 05-10-2010 02:37 AM 5434 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2010 02:37 AM

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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#1 posted 05-10-2010 11:49 AM

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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#2 posted 09-06-2010 08:55 PM

Have one for sale, full length, 1-ΒΌ” wide…..........$50
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#3 posted 09-06-2010 09:33 PM

What a beauty!

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 09:39 PM

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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#5 posted 09-07-2010 05:56 AM

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,

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 03:41 PM

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.

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#7 posted 09-07-2010 03:49 PM

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.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 09-07-2010 08:37 PM

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,

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