blue spruce chisels

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Forum topic by Mark posted 07-03-2013 02:58 PM 1389 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2013 02:58 PM

Have you folks seen the add in the online “Wood Magazine” for the Blue Spruce chisels? Damn nice lookin’. A2 steel and hardened to Rc61 but Holy Mary! $450.00?! Jazuz!!

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 03:21 PM

I’ll admit they are spendy, but not out of line with
mid-range Japan blacksmith-made chisels pricewise.

I have some Barr chisels and they retain edges
so well compared to most of my others it’s
hard to believe.

Veritas makes some more fine affordable chisels that
look similar to the Blue Spruce, though with less
bling. I bought a 3/8” Veritas O1 chisel to try
them out (they make them in a fancier alloy as
well), but I haven’t needed to give it a round
of pounding and levering yet so I can’t say
if the edge retention is comparable to the Barrs.

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 03:24 PM

Link, please.
When I click on the Blue Spruce catalog page, I get a ”Sorry, no products could be found”...

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 11:52 PM

I have two of the bench chisels and the handles are to die for. Dave is great to work with as well. Highly recommend them.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 12:17 AM

Blue Spruce has an excellent reputation and I’ve been wanting to purchase one of their mallets for a long while. I saw one while attending a class and even though it’s used by an instructor that constantly demonstrates techniques involving hitting chisels with the mallet it looked brand new.

I’m not really fond of A2 though. It’s a hassle to sharpen compared to O1.

Blue Spruce Mallet

That acrylic-infused wood has nice heft and durability.

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