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Footprint 465 123014 4-Piece Beech Handle Wood Chisel Set 1/4-Inch, 1/2-Inch, 3/4-Inch, 1-Inch

3.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Traditional Beech handles with brass ferules
  • High quality Sheffield England steel
  • 4.5" blade tempered to Rockwell 60-61 over entire length
  • Complete with chisel tip guards
  • Finish honed ready for use
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From the Manufacturer

Traditional beech handle chisel set (1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 1") is re-enforced at the bolster with a brass ring to prevent splitting. Designed primarily for hand use, they may be struck with a mallet. Blades are heat treated to within 1" of the bolster to maintain a beautiful edge, and ensure a long bench life. Blades are fully machined on all faces and are finish honed to 30 degrees, ready for use. Each chisel come complete with a plastic tip guard to protect the blade and the user.

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Technical Details

Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 14 x 1.2 x 6.5 inches
Item model number 123014
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description Lifetime

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ASIN B00020JNXS
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3.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #688,306 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#809 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Chisels > Wood Chisels
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
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Date First Available April 2, 2004

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Just cut a bunch of half blind dovetails in cherry with these. They were easy to sharpen (backs were nice and flat) and stayed sharp. Wood handles are a little square so they don't roll away and they really took a beating. They're also comfortable to hold. Blades are thin enough to fit into the corners of the dovetails. I first ordered the set but had to switch to getting them one at a time when the set was out of stock. Would somebody please ask them to make one in 1/8 inch?
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These scored very highly in a FWW article comparing chisels and are way cheaper than most of the other sets.

I spent about 10 minutes on each chisel flatting the back and putting a good edge on and have been very pleased. Don't expect these chisels, or any, to come sharp out of the box.

They feel very good in my hand and have stood up to quite a bit of hitting with a wooden mallet.

Would purchase again.
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Made very well, I used them to cut dovetails in curly maple with no problems. They held their edge well. Also these are made in England not in China like the Irwin Marples.
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These Footprint chisels were highly rated recently by Fine Woodworking Magazine. In their tests the Footprint beech handle chisels held their edge better than Lie-Nielsen! That's hard for me to believe, but that was their test result. I bought a set. They really are excellent! Excellent steel that was easily honed sharp enough to shave with. And they appeal to woodworkers because the handles are beech, not plastic. They are round with a flat area on top and bottom. This prevents them from rolling off the bench. Finally, you get a set of four for under $50! Very happy with my purchase!
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Chisel handles are comfortable oval shaped. They seem to have good balance. Definitely not ready the way they came in cheap plastic packaging. Each requires about 30 minutes of flattening the back and honing. For comparison, my Lie Nielsen socket bevel-edge chisel costs more than this whole set and still requires 10 minute.

Good steel when properly honed and keep its edge well
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Bought the set of four. Sadly, quality control on fit and finish of the handles was marginal.

Two had the blade slightly misaligned with the handle. I'm right handed, they dog leg left so they are usable (if I was a lefty I'd have to return them). One of these had a poor fit between the blade bolster and ferrule. One handle had a small check in it that was repairable. Two required minor flattening of the back during sharpening.

That said, I bought them for the quality of the steel and they do sharpen up well, you can tell they are the real deal, forged English steel.

My intention is to use them as an expendable job site paring chisel (I'm a professional finish carpenter/cabinetmaker). I would not hit them with anything harder than my hand (even my head is too hard) given the quality of the handles.

They will never replace my old Sorby's or Marples for bench use in the shop, that wasn't my intention, and for the price are better than the Irwin or Stanley sets, which I also own and routinely abuse.

Conclusion? Good steel that holds a lovely edge, marginal handles that you may end up replacing at a price that won't leave you sleepless if one goes missing.
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