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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 10-13-2010 05:58 PM 1338 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2010 05:58 PM

These footprint seems like good chisels, I hope the sharpen up as good as they looks! I order 1’’, 3/4’’, and a 1/4’’.

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 06:17 PM

I’ll bet you’ll be getting the 1/2” next! Good score Charles. Do a review and let us know how they are.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 06:59 PM

Nice Start !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 08:01 PM

You will definitely need a 1/2” chisel. The 3/4” and the 1/2” widths are the ones that I use a lot. The number one thing is to get them really, really sharp. You don’t realize how important that is until you have had the opportunity to use a truly sharp chisel. I realized that what I thought was “sharp enough,” wasn’t really very sharp at all. A chisel that is truly sharp is a pleasure to use and is also much easier to use. Also, it is easier to hone and get ready for use again. Often it only requires a stroke or two on a leather strop with stropping compound. If you cannot see your reflection in the polished edge of the blade, you aren’t even close yet. Based on the advertised costs I have seen for these chisels, I imagine that they will require some work to get them really sharp, but you generally only have to do that once.


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

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 08:26 PM

The only thing better than the arrival of new tools is finally getting to the point in a project where you can use them for real. The waiting time in between is agony ;)

I second Don’s request that you do a review on them after you use them a bit.

With those round handles you might want to consider using a block plane to create a couple of flats on the handle of the 1/4” chisel so it is less likely to roll off the bench. The wider blades on the other two should keep that from happening.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-13-2010 09:04 PM

I used and abused a set of Footprint chisels for years when I was boatbuilding and they just kept coming back for more. Mine had indestructible red plastic handles and you could pound on them with anything. I chopped a lot of rabbets (rebates) in gumwood and the like with them and they kept a pretty good edge.

Paul M

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 10-13-2010 11:10 PM

Remember a blunt tool is dangerous… so keep them sharp… and play safe…

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#8 posted 10-14-2010 12:40 AM

they surly make a first impressive look :-) sofare so good
congrat´s with your new toy´s
hope they will lieve up to a possitive rewiew here on L J

what is the price on theese buty´s


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#9 posted 10-14-2010 12:57 AM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 10-14-2010 01:35 AM

Yep nice!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 10-14-2010 02:21 AM


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#12 posted 10-14-2010 04:39 AM

Great set of chisels, CJ!

Recently purchased a 1/8” chisel to make some intricate dove tails. They were on a serving tray made for my nephew’s wedding.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 10-14-2010 04:43 AM

Nice looking chisel Charles, enjoy your new toys…BC

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#14 posted 10-14-2010 04:52 AM


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#15 posted 10-14-2010 05:34 AM

Thanks guys, I will keep you guys updated on my sharpening progress.

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