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806 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question stainless steel stainless steel chisel hollow ground

Hey guys-
Was just wondering if a Stainless steel chisel was possible…
Probably with 318 surgical grade stainless steel and hollow ground?
I have a piece lying around.
Should I make one to try?
Comments, suggestions, tips are appreciated!

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#1 posted 806 days ago

Carbon steel is preferred generally because it is not
hard to sharpen and holds an edge well. It’s also
cheaper I think. I know there are some fine stainless
steels but the stainless knives I have used don’t
seem to hold an edge very well – which isn’t a big deal
in the kitchen but for cutting wood it matters.

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#2 posted 806 days ago

Stainless is too soft to hold an edge well.

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#3 posted 806 days ago

Ehh, 318 stainless steel is pretty hard… Harder then Bi-metal and basically, to drill stainless steel, you need LOTS OF LUBRICANTS and a cobalt drill bit.
Also, Stainless steel doesn’t rust.
I’ll probably start building one, and get a rough bevel using 80 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
WISH ME LUCK :P
More comments, tips and suggestions are APPRECIATED!

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#4 posted 806 days ago

318 stainless is soft.
All of the 300 series are very good for corosion resistance, tough and hard to drill, but still soft.
It contains about 8% chromium which is hard, but about 18% nickel which is very soft.
Also, the 300 series have very low carbon can not be hardened.

The 400 series have higher levels of carbon and can be hardened. That is why they are used in knives.
Even the hardest stainless is only around 55 to 60 rockwell C hardness which is at the low end of what makes a good chisel or knife.

I wouldn’t waste my time on a stainless chisel. It will be very hard to sharpen and will lose its edge very fast.
Even the 400 series, like surgical 440 steel will loose its edge quicker than carbon steel and will be horroble to sharpen.

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#5 posted 806 days ago

Alexandre , You seem to have already convinced yourself to make it so…...

Do what you want to do , you’re going to anyway !

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#6 posted 806 days ago

I have seen stainless steel chisels, used by bone surgeons and they are very pretty with sculpted solid steel handles, but they exist only for two reasons. One is they can be autoclaved to death again and again, the other is that somebody else sharpens them every single time they are used. Does this sound like you?

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#7 posted 805 days ago

A stainless steel chisel would be the smart choice, when carving table centerpiece ice sculptures for a wedding or party. If I had the stock, I’d try it!

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#8 posted 805 days ago

Yup!
It’s gonna be a chisel with:
A maple handle.
5-6” long blade
25 degree bevel.

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#9 posted 805 days ago

I think I have a couple SS chisels. Stanley Atha ones, both are Cold Chisels. Never had a spot of rust on them, ever. 3/8”, and 1/2” wide.

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#10 posted 805 days ago

sounds like you’ll make it anyways.

but for sake of keeping this thread informative – a SS chisel is a horrible idea for woodworking – the edge will be lost quickly and it’ll be a pain to resharpen as opposed to CS. it is good for application that might be dealing with moisture induced environments, and in those cases those edges are kept sharp more often than a WW might want to work on it.

now – I know it sounds like a great idea so that you won’t have rust on your chisels in theory , but in practice, if you use your tools, and care for them – you won’t get rust on your CS chisels either – I have never had any rust on mine – and none are stainless.

I’d personally find a better use for that SS stock, but thats me…

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#11 posted 805 days ago

Experience is the hard way to learn things, but sometimes appropriate. I think this may be one of those times. That said, I hope it works out for you Alexandre.

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#12 posted 805 days ago

Ehh, What should I use for that SS stock?

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#13 posted 805 days ago

I was planing to make a SS chisel to do some ice carving in the cold canadian winters if the ss chisel doesn’t hold up well for woodworking.

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