Woodworkers love wood, so we decided to fit these Rider bevel edge chisels with handles made from dense European Hornbeam, chosen for its resilience. Sanded smooth and given a light oil finish, the Hornbeam has a superb feel in the hand. The wider chisels have slightly larger handles to maintain balance across the range of sizes. It is a subtle difference, but enough to make each chisel feel 'right' in the hand. Each handle ends in a polished stainless steel ferrule with a shock absorbing leather washer between the handle and the chisel’s bolster.
The blades are fine-grained, chrome manganese steel and carefully hardened and tempered to 59 HRC. Sharpened and ground with a 25° bevel, the blades require only final honing to achieve a fine, long lasting edge (we suggest a 30° micro-bevel). In cross section, the blades are slimmer than a standard bevel edge chisel and ground with a narrower land on each side, a little over 1mm. This allows much improved clearance when working into a corner such as cleaning dovetails. The blades are approximately 100mm long with the overall length varying between 265mm to 280mm. European made.
|Overall Length||265 mm to 280 mm|
5 January 2017
Awesome for the moneyI second what John has said. I ordered the 32, just to see what these are like, no risk at £12 ish. Needed some flattening, but not a great deal, honed in quickly with a neat wire to remove and strop. I gave it a test paring some stock down and chopped some joints out, so long as you lightly strop it after few heavy cuts, it seems to keep its edge well. Handle works well for me, nice to have a proper go on something without a hoop and striking face, feels good.
7 November 2016
Happy so farBought the 20mm & 32mm chisels today to complete my mixed set of bevel edge chisels - the chisel backs needed some flatting / polishing, the handles are unfinished allowing you to choose an oil or shellac finish; only a small amount of honing needed to get a sharp edge. Early days, but the handles seem comfortable in the hand, good price. Worth a look!