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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 12-23-2016 07:32 PM 562 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2016 07:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question chisel refurbishing

Hey everyone,
So I recently found this old socket chisel that was clearly at one point a bench chisel but after 150 or more years of wear it has made itself about 5 1/4 inches in length from socket to bevel. I found it with a set of antique Witherby chisels and this clearly wasn’t part of that set and it was much older than them, but I felt bad for it so I bought it and decided to convert it into a butt chisel! Here it is before I started any major lapping. Have any of you ever done this with chisels that have worn away with sharpening and use?

Here’s it after some lapping with 120 grit sandpaper, I haven’t gotten to any higher grits yet but I have a feeling that I am close.

Here’s a spot that I feel like I should lap out. Should I do that with 120 or ignore it and move up in grits?

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 07:40 PM

I would lap it out now. If you don’t it will
likely cause problems later.

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 07:44 PM

Personally I think if the edge is clean you should stop. When it wears down to the point your rust becomes a nick in the blade, take some more off the back. Taking more off the back now will shorten the blade for no good reason.

Just my opinion

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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