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Forum topic by JADobson posted 03-22-2018 04:41 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JADobson

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03-22-2018 04:41 PM

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Want to add a paring chisel to my chest but only one. I don’t like having too many chisels. Too many edges to keep sharp. Which size do you find most helpful?

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-22-2018 04:43 PM

I think I use 1/2” most often … after that 1-1/2”. It seems like I sharpen these two the most. LOL!

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 04:48 PM

I use wide chisels mostly. They can’t get in
tight spaces obviously but they can be skewed
for shearing cuts. I also chop up thin and
tiny wood shapes with a wide chisel. I like
the balance with more weight at the cutting
end and I hold the chisel by the blade sometimes
and the width is easier to get a grip on and
keep it straight.

If you’re talking about the really long paring
chisels you probably don’t need them. Some
have thin, slightly flexible blades and some are
thicker. I have some Buck bros. crank neck
chisels which I use occasionally.

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 04:48 PM

Thanks Ron, 1/2” is what I suspected would be the most used size.

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 04:50 PM

For paring, my most reached for is a vintage 7/8in Swan. Anything in the 3/4-1in range would work, I just like the feel of that one and the steel is marvelous. I also use a 3/8 a lot to get into smaller areas.

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 04:53 PM

I went with 3/4” for the one I made.

Brian

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#6 posted 03-22-2018 04:58 PM

If I had to pick only one then I would probably choose 1/2”, maybe a 3/8, but probably 1/2”.

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#7 posted 03-22-2018 05:02 PM

I found it – never mind
.

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#8 posted 03-22-2018 05:51 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone.

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