|Item Weight||3.39 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.8 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches|
|Item model number||16-793|
|Color||Brown|Light Brown Wood|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||Unit^Instruction Guide|
|Warranty Description||Limited Lifetime|
Stanley 16-793 Sweetheart 750 Series Socket Chisel 8 Piece Set
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The Stanley 16-793 Sweetheart 750 Series Socket Chisel 8 Piece Set is a part of the Sweetheart line socket chisels that 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. Set includes the following sizes: 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 1, and 1-1/4 chisels and a leather pouch. Dimensions (L x W x H): 13.8 x 9.3 x 3.1 Made in Great Britain
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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: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4" chisels and a leather pouch.
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Update: I have had these for six weeks or so now. I am just as pleased today as I was six weeks ago. I have used one of these chisels every day for the past six weeks. I have cut in pine because of the pine corner cabinet I'm building. I have yet to resharpen the 3/4" chisel (I have stropped several times) and the thing still will shave end grain.
Update: Months in use now. Still pleased. I'm finding the handles to be quite pleasing to use and they fit my hand well. The handles are very durable. They've seen a lot of shallow mortising work, and I have now used all the sizes included in the set. I have touched up the bevel on my finest stone on the 3/4" chisel and two of the larger ones for some paring work. Otherwise, going strong!
Another update: Well over a year in use. The chisels remain a pleasure to use. One thing that I've found is these chisels are much easier to resharpen on oil stones compared to other brands (LN). I've switched from waterstones to oil stones (Dan's Whetstone Company) followed by stropping on green compound charged leather. I can resharpen right at the bench. No sink, much, much less flattening, no water, For me this is a big deal as I'm likely to always have a very sharp chisel and don't have to fuss with the water stones. Using the oil stones and strop, it's two minutes from dull to sharp (mirror finish on bevel and chisel face).
Firstly, I was torn between buying the Veritas PM-V11 chisels and these. At the time I bought these chisels, the Veritas set wasn't offered in as comprehensive set of sizes as these Stanley's were so I went with these Stanley Sweet Hearts. You'll note that the Veritas set is significantly more expensive, but price really wasn't the deciding factor. I was interested in the basic overall performance and I was also a bit curious about how these Stanley's would perform.
I've had these chisels for almost two years and they are great. Sharpening is very easy. I didn't choose the Lie-Nielsen version of these because I didn't want to use the A2 in those. Sharpening A2 can sometimes be tedious. The steel in these takes a very keen edge and I get all the edge retention that I need for use on the domestic hardwoods that I work with. Razor sharp is very important to me. More than a little longer edge retention.
You can scan a plethora of the other reviews and read many comments about the sealer that has to be removed (yes, it's a pain) from the blades. That the overall quality isn't up to Lie-Nielsen's standards and that the beveled edges are too thick for chopping some dovetails. But most importantly, that "Oh my Gosh!" the handles of all socket chisels will come loose (yeah...they're supposed to) especially with changes in humidity. Ironically, my Stanley Sweet Heart chisel handles are seated just fine and I didn't even resort to using the hairspray or shavings tricks to keep them on. Basically just left them completely as stock. There was no reason to touch them.
I do pick these chisels up by their sockets and not the handles. I also usually smack the handle against the bench to seat it. Force of habit from using antique socket chisels. I also don't hang socket chisels by the handle. Just the shank or store them in a drawer or tool roll like the excellent leather one that comes with this set.
So what do I like about the chisels? Well, I didn't buy them based on their price but they really were a bargain. I planned on turning some longer handles (like the optional Lie-Nielsen ones) but so far I don't feel the need. I'm happy with the tough hornbeam handles that came with these chisels. I've already said I'm happy with the performance of the metal. The overall design is a classic Stanley 750 which has been around forever. They're light and easy to use. This Stanley 750 pattern of chisel is a great design and that's why Lie-Nielsen used it to develop their all of their socket chisels.
On the other side of the equation, the chisels were surprisingly dainty for my hands. I'm 6'4" but I don't consider myself to be a giant. These chisels aren't too small for me, but I was a little surprised by their overall size. I'm also slightly on the fence about the thickness of the blade's bevel edges. They are a little too thick but they're also still usable for most dovetails. I would say that if you plan to cut many hundreds of dovetails, the Lie-Nielsen's would offer much better edge bevels and a tougher steel. I don't think this would be an issue for the average home woodworker.
Some people have commented about not having the sizes on the chisels. I can pretty much tell the size by just looking at the chisel but you could probably write the size on the blade with a Sharpie Pen or if something a little nicer is needed, then maybe use a metal stamp set into the handle. I'm sure there are other low cost solutions to the lack of sizes on the chisel. Truth is, the sizes tend to wear off of most tools of this type anyway.
Other than that, this is a great set that I expect I'll use for a very long time. Who knows, maybe for a lifetime. Whatever the case, I think there are no reasons that these chisels will not outlive me and still be usable for decades to come, long after I've finished with them.