witherby and butcher paring chisels

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Forum topic by yrob posted 06-17-2011 05:23 PM 2106 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2011 05:23 PM

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I am looking into getting a set of paring chisels and I have been looking at getting vintage chisels. Often, I see references to Wiitherby and sometimes Wiitherby and Butcher. Are these the same or did the companies merge at some point?

-- Yves

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 05:28 PM

Both makes are common in the Northeast US and I think they may
have been made in the region. With abundant water power, New
England was a natural center of toolmaking in the 19trh century.

They are different brands as far as I know. If you like vintage chisels,
both type are decent but condition varies a lot and severe pitting
can limit the usefulness of the chisel to a user.

I don’t recall seeing really fine paring chisels, the long, slender
patternmaker type, from either maker. Mostly I’ve seen ones
with more a “firmer chisel” shape from these makers.

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 05:30 PM

Don’t know about a merger, but I have a bunch of Butcher stuff. Even found a tennon saw from them several years ago. The W. Butcher “cast steel” tools will take and hold an edge very well. They are reasonably plentiful though you won’t find them at every garage sale, and not too expensive. Most have the “tang” handle.


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#3 posted 06-17-2011 06:06 PM

I collect them both and they’re so distinctively different that I can’t imagine they’re from the same company. Butcher pigsticker mortise chisels are very desirable, thus expensive. Both Witherby’s and Butcher’s are very fine chisels that you will enjoy. Don’t forget the venerable Stanley 750’s, Winchesters, Ohios, the list goes on. For new chisels, you could treat yourself to some Ashley Iles or the new 750’s.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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