Who wants to join my gang of woodworking thugs? (aka, the switchblade chisel)

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Forum topic by Brandon posted 11-03-2011 12:10 AM 3036 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2011 12:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chisel pocket chisel switchblade chisel

While at Highland Hardware the other day I noticed that they had what can only be described as a switchblade chisel. They call it the pocket chisel. Obviously the makers of this chisel are trying to market something that you can keep in your pocket or apron without stabbing yourself, but the way I see it, if you want to be a woodworking badass, you have to sport a switchblade chisel. See pictures below. Seriously, though, I think it’s an interesting concept, but I’m not sure how well it would really hold up to abuse from the mallet. Besides, I love the way that wooden chisel handles look too much to ever purchase one of these bad boys.

If you are seriously interested in this tool, you should note that the in-store price was 50% what was listed on the website.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 11-03-2011 12:13 AM

I have the pocket flush trim saw, which works very well for cutting pegs and dowels. The handle design is the same.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 12:50 AM

i think it’s based on a “butterfly knife”, not a switchblade. unfortunately, “butterfly chisel” doesn’t exactly sound tough.

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 12:53 AM

No, you’re totally right, Bent. I don’t know why I had the term ‘switchblade’ stuck in my head but it’s exactly like a butterfly knife. But yes, switchblade does sound tougher, though. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 11-03-2011 12:58 AM

Yeah, I am thinking the switchblade woodworking thug gang will get more turnout than the butterfly bunch. Just a guess.

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#5 posted 11-03-2011 12:59 AM

i’d still like to be a woodworking thug, if that’s ok. as a matter of fact i can think of at least 6 times i’ve stabbed someone with a chisel. it’s been my own left hand every time, but it still counts, right?

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#6 posted 11-03-2011 01:00 AM

I’ll join but only if we get leather jackets with logos on the back.

-- LAS,

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#7 posted 11-03-2011 01:04 AM

Well I agree with what is std. I will say I have no interest joining a gang with “butterfly” in the name. Now if it were “Switchblade Chisels” I was going to be signing up right away because that would be a gang that sounds like they “bout their business”!

Unfortunately with “butterfly” in the name I will have to decline.

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#8 posted 11-03-2011 01:14 AM

A minor setback thats all. We’ll just have to come up with our own switchblade chisels. The technology is already there.

Luke, I’ll have a jacket design shortly.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 11-03-2011 01:18 AM

Find me a switchblade tablesaw and I’m in!
(Must have safety blade retracting feature though!)


-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 11-03-2011 03:10 AM

Lee Valley has one up on this idea:

-- Jesse --

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#11 posted 11-03-2011 04:40 AM

Thanks for the link, Jesse. That video was classic!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 11-03-2011 07:54 AM

I doubt it will hold up to much use ;-(( A good holster for carrying the real deal is my bet.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 11-03-2011 08:05 AM

Will there be the Nunchuck Folding Hammer?

The Garrote Pi Tape ?

The Jacobs Knuckle Chuck ?

Shut the Duck Up Tape ?

Dual purposing is in !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#14 posted 11-03-2011 08:28 AM

HaHa! The Pocket Dovetailer…great stuff! The pics are great, too!

-- Semper Fi

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#15 posted 11-03-2011 02:22 PM

And the April Fools item has something else for the badass woodworker..
A “striking knife” Now that’s got butterfly beat all to heck eh ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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