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STANLEY Sweetheart Chisels Set, 4-Piece (16-791)

4.7 out of 5 stars 914 ratings

Brand Stanley
Size 4-Piece
Handle Material Wood
Blade Material High Carbon Steel

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  • Classic 750 Series design
  • Hornbeam wood handle for durability
  • Long blade is ideal for woodworkers
  • Thin blade design
  • High-carbon chrome steel with tapered bevel sides.16-782 - Sweetheart Chisel 1/4inches,16-785 - Sweetheart Chisel 1/2inches,16-787 - Sweetheart Chisel 3/4inches,16-788 - Sweetheart Chisel 1inches
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    Socket Chisel Set, Standard Tool (Accessory Needed for Tethering), Number of Pieces 4, Material High Carbon Chrome Steel, Length 9 In., Includes Leather Carrying Pouch

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    The Sweetheart line socket chisels are based on the classic 750 design, which is arguably the best Stanley chisel ever made. Machined from high carbon steel, the Sweetheart chisels sharpen easily and retain a razor-sharp edge over long periods of use. Their side bevels are extra narrow for working in tight corners. This helps the user to avoid inadvertent marring of the work when precise cuts are critical. Designed for striking and paring, the hornbeam handle provides a comfortable feel that transfers energy effectively when struck by a mallet. It also provides a wide butt end, or large sweet spot, for striking accuracy. Manufactured in Sheffield, England. Set includes the following sizes: 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", and 1", chisels and a leather pouch.

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    Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 18, 2023
    Size: 8-PieceVerified Purchase
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    Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 15, 2017
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    4.0 out of 5 stars You Gotta Hone These Suckers!
    Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 15, 2017
    Just received these last evening.

    This morning I began to hone the chisels beginning with the largest, the 1-1/4".

    Now, it's interesting how reviews of tools like this can be all over the place - no different than any other merchandise, I suppose, but perhaps I pay more attention to tools from a fear of wasting time and money. To me, you can rave all you want about how cheap these chisels are - but that's in comparison to e.g. Lie-Nielsen. We of the Great Unwashed think $150 is a lot of money!

    Aside from the reviews here, I also went to the "Fine Woodworking" and "Wood Magazine" websites to see what folks there said. The most compelling review was from the regular columnist on FW, who didn't rave, but definitely didn't pan. In in the end, he said, the bang for the buck was unmistakeable.

    And that's what I seem to be seeing with the set that I got. Here I'd like to compliment Stanley for the gorgeous suede-leather tool pouch this set comes with. Not only is it lovely, it solves the problem I've had with the Harbor Freight chisel set I've used thus far: Nowhere to put them where you don't risk getting nicked rooting around in the drawer, or have the sharp ends bunged up by, well, your rooting around in the drawer! I advise keeping the smart plastic blade-protectors and storing the chisels in the pouch when not needed. Saves on bandaids and on honing time.

    Wherefore, back to the honing.

    When I first decided to build a woodworking shop, I read a lot. For one thing, I got Ron Hock's "The Perfect Edge" here in the Kindle store, and read the pertinent passages from that regarding the sharpening of plane irons and chisels. Putting these into practice with the big-box store-grade tools I had on hand, I realized how much "infrastructure" there was to the whole "serious sharpening" routine. Not only did you need the sharpening tools (and a place to put them) but you had to have a bit of real estate for the honing task itself. I'm limited at present to my garage, and every cubic inch is precious, so that was a problem.

    I then designed and built a wall-mounted."sharpening station," featuring a drop-down lid lined with neoprene rubber, that could store all my sharpening gadgets and also provide the surface to do the deed, but which could be put out of the way when I was done. That has served the task admirably. I'm attaching "humble-brag" photos of the sharpening station.

    So I bent to the task beginning this morning. The first chisel, the 1-1/4", I discovered had quite a lot of tool-marking on the surface even of the chisel blade itself, and the back of the tool was not so flat as I'd have wished. Do observe this, I used a Sharpie pen to make a cross-hatch pattern on the back of the tool, and set to lapping with Japanese water-stones. After a hundred strokes or so, there was a noticeable divot about a half-inch behind the blade edge and to one side of the back. I continued to sharpen with the coarsest stone until the cross-hatching was all but gone, then went to the finer.

    After the stone-work, I set to lapping with a set of Zona lapping papers all the way down to the "micro-micron" roughness and now that chisel shines like a mirror. So do consider that the chisel iron wasn't perfect, but honing and lapping BY HAND over about a half-hour was enough to make it mirror smooth.

    I tested the chisel then, by paring a bit off a piece of scrap red oak, and with very little effort was able to take thin shavings off the scrap. That blade is sharp.

    I will check back later if, during the course of honing the remaining chisels, I discover anything worthwhile to report. Who knows? I may bump it up a star; I'm only taking off one star because, well, I did have to hone that one blade in particular right out of the package.

    N.B. In the interest of our hosts, I should mention that nearly all the tools and consumables mentioned here, were purchased at They continue to be the prime source of "stuff" for me, whatever that "stuff" may be.
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    Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 19, 2022
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Came dull, unfinished. Great after lots of work.
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on February 9, 2018
    Size: 4-PieceVerified Purchase
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant set of chisels
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on December 20, 2020
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetheart is the right name
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on May 28, 2019
    Size: 8-PieceVerified Purchase
    4.0 out of 5 stars they shifted the finishing process to you
    Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on November 8, 2018
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great chisels for the price.
    Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on June 12, 2018
    Size: 4-PieceVerified Purchase