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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 10-24-2013 12:04 AM 1130 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2013 12:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pfeil bench chisels

Looked at a line of Pfeil bench chisels today in person for the first time, handles surprised me. They were incredibly lightweight and rough. I’m just getting into chisels, so everything I’ve seen handle-wise has a smooth finish and has a little more weight – the Pfeil carving chisels were like this.

Is there an advantage to such light handles? What kind of wood is on these Pfeil benchers? I’ve heard nothing but excellent reviews for Pfeil. Honestly, though, I was a little disappointed about the balance in my hand and I wanted the dang things so bad I was willing to force myself to get used to them. But I couldn’t pull the trigger.

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 12:20 AM

I recall seeing some Pfeil chisels that were advertised with Elm handles.

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 12:26 AM

COL, I have chisels that have light, medium, and heavy weight handles. Personally, I see no advantage or disadvantage from one to the other. They all will take a beating and they all are useful in paring. From everything I have read about the Pfeil chisels (never used them myself), I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 01:04 AM

I have the Pfeil chisels on 3 or 4 widths. I really like mine, they hold a nice edge and cut very nicely. Even sharpened at 30 degrees, I can still pare end grain easily with them. I also noticed the light weight but haven’t had any problems with that and have even come to like it. More maneuverable I think. I also like the rougher feel as it provides more grip. I could see someone not liking it, but in that case it takes about 3 minutes and some 320 or 400 grit paper to get it smooth as you like. I know others may disagree, but I really like all of mine.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 01:22 AM

Good to hear, Bailey. The lightness struck me more than the roughness, I don’t really care about that. The only thing I’ve used are Buck Bros. with a heavy, plastic handle, and I haven’t used those for serious work. Maybe I’m holding that as a standard when I shouldn’t. I really want something of quality and the Pfeil steel was excellent, that was apparent even with my limited knowledge.

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 02:04 AM

Colonel. Depends on how old your Bucks are. At one time they made some of the very best chisels

-- Ron in Kokomo

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