I collect old tools. That’s the short version.
I have several sets of complete 750’s that I purchased complete. Two of which were from their original owners. this was almost 10 years ago and they weren’t STUPID expensive like they are now!!! I have always known they were good chisels…. but for a 1/8 to bring over $100 is insanity.
I can make anything cut… even If I have to work a bit harder. HOWEVER I prefer the 750’s because its what I learned on.
SOOOOOOO…. I have been putting together a set of misfit 750’s. MARKED 750s but most are missing handles. This allows me to spend 200-350$ and get a complete set. Add in my time for handle making…. and its a great savings considering a nice set is around $1k these days.
So last week I finished rough turning my handle stock. (Black locust)..... And realized I only need two more to complete my set. YUP YOU GUESSED IT….. a 1/4 and a 1/8. WELLLLLLL…. Sunday morning Im driving to church…. praying for hand tool acquisition…. I happen to check ebay and I see a newly listed group of Stanley chisels. One is a 1/4 Stanley 750…. The other is something I have never seen. A 1/8 Stanley 750 mortise chisel. THE PRICE IS $40 shipped.
(When I say I have never seen something…..
That’s surprising considering I sand blasted/japanned
my first hand plane at 14 years old)
The other is an unmarked 750 mortise that someone has turned into a 1/16 mortise chisel. Its not too bad actually but I will regrind it on my precision flat grinder.
I am a bit disappointed that the 1/8 mortise is bowed and the bottom is not square to the sides IN ANY WAY. That blows to say the least. But Should be an easy enough task to straighten out.