Butt Mortise Chisels - reviews, recommendations, suggestions

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Forum topic by JayPique posted 09-25-2010 07:46 PM 6215 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2010 07:46 PM

I find myself frequently wishing that I had a set of shorter chisels to use in tight spaces – butt mortise chisels in other words. I saw that Crown Tools makes some but that they had been reviewed poorly by all reviewers on I’m wondering if there are any jocks that have a set they’re happy with, or have come across a comparison of them in some magazine or website. Too bad Lie Nielsent doesn’t make a set! (yet)


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#1 posted 09-25-2010 08:41 PM

Greetings Jay,

Have you thought about the 4 chisel set made by Two Cheeries….These are bacically what I call “top of the line” chisels… They are a little expensive, but some of the best….I’ve used a couple before (I don’t own any right now, but fixng to)....They do get you closer to the work, you have better control, and get in tight spots.

They have been highly recommended before by a friend of mine in Texas to LJ members….

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#2 posted 09-25-2010 08:54 PM

Are you sure you mean Butt Mortise? Butt chisels are short in length both in blade and handle. Mortise chisels are for hacking out mortises by hand and are generally longer (for getting into the mortise) with handles made for heavy pounding. The two types of chisels are usually at opposite ends of the spectrum.

If you really are looking for short mortising chisels your best bet would be the pig sticker style. They are little shorter but still are better suited to striking heavilly with a mallet

Here is a nice description of the various styles of chisels

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#3 posted 09-26-2010 08:13 PM

You can try to look at

The have an lot of chisels and also the short one`s.

The worst part is the have so much nice tools that i can be wery expensive too look at the webside :)

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 01:04 AM

Maybe I’ve got the name wrong – I’m looking for short chisels but not for mortising per se. I think the shorties might have been called butt mortise chisels because they were originally used to cut the little mortise pockets for door hinges. In any event, I see that Lee Valley sells a set and they’re generally pretty good quality for the price so I may go with them. I’ll look for the Two Cherries set as well. Thanks.

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 01:31 AM

Had you seen these?

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 08:12 PM

Jay – I own a set of the Lee Valley standard bench chisels and they are a great value. I have been using them for my primary bench chisels for about 7 or 8 years now – take a sharp edge and hold it nicely. While the bright yellow plastic handles are not my preference, they do take a beating better than wooden handles – you can strike them with anything without fear of damage. I believe that the butt chisels that they sell are from the same manufacuturer. I think you would be pleased with them.


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#8 posted 09-28-2010 01:26 AM

Thanks for the replies. I think I may go with the LV set. I really like doing business with them. I’ll post back if and when I get a set.

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