Stanley #60 Chisels

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Forum topic by nashbok posted 10-31-2010 06:22 AM 6927 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2010 06:22 AM

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I picked up some old chisels at an estate sale today—Stanley #60 1”, 3/8” Japanese socket, and a 1/4” unknown—all for $3 bucks.

Anyway, on the chisel spectrum where do the Stanley #60s fall? Doesn’t seem to be a lot of steel on it, but please tell me it’s better than my box store “high-end” Buck Brothers?

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#1 posted 10-31-2010 11:54 AM

I have 4 of these “old #60” chisels. I bought mine in or around 1972 or 73. At that time I considered them to be pretty much the standard; what every carpenter I knew would go to if he needed a chisel. They were what my dad used and he had been a trim carpenter/hardwood floorman type person all his life so I assumed they were the best if he used them. Stanley did have a cheaper line at that time called the “Handyman Series” and there were some Japanese look alikes on the market under the brand name Fuller. I had a couple of those as well, and I thought they were pretty good; easier to sharpen but would not hold an edge as long. I don’t know what others may think about the #60s, but I like mine. The Buck Brothers chisels do look a lot like the old Stanleys but I don’t have any of them to compare. My only complaint about any of these chisels is that they are too short for some jobs where a little more length would give better control I think.

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 05:06 AM

Thanks for the info.

It’s pretty dull right now (I don’t think it could cut cheese). ‘Looking forward to sharpening it up and trying it out.

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#3 posted 11-01-2010 05:11 AM

The #60 chisels were decent quality. They will hold an edge pretty well when properly sharpened. The handles will take a lot of abuse. They are short chisels that fit into the category called Butt Chisels. That is a chisel that is short. They are designed more with carpentry/chopping tasks in mind. They are not appropriate for delicate paring tasks. They do make a great chisel for keeping in a tool belt. I have an old #60 3/4” that used to belong to my father that I keep in my tool belt for lots of miscellaneous tasks.

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