|Forum topic by lwllms||posted 03-26-2012 01:19 AM||2598 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
03-26-2012 01:19 AM
For years I’ve been saying I was going to re-harden the vintage Buck Bros. chisels I use daily. They, like most vintage Buck Bros are nearly as soft as the modern chrome vanadium British chisels like the Sheffield Marples Blue Chip chisels. I’ll never understand why I see so many people recommending Blue Chips and all those I have are from when Marples made them.
Last Friday, I broke down and re-hardened the six old Buck Bros chisels I use so much. What a difference! I was sure the steel was good but that Buck Bros drew their chisels too far back when tempering.
None of the contemporary chisels I’ve seen are properly shaped or balanced. It’s a shame. Ashley Iles Mk2 chisels aren’t badly shaped and the steel is good. I just hate the clumsy handles and the whacky balance caused by the huge bolster. By comparison the Buck Bros. are more like highly refined little surgical instruments.
Here’s the 3/8” I use most often, ready to have its handle remounted.