Mortise Chisels

Copyright 2002 by Jim Wilson

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Mortise Chisel, Walnut handle

Dear friends,

As much as I enjoy making tools, it has unfortunately become necessary to suspend production until I can devote a larger portion of my life to it. I simply do not have the time to keep pace with demand and also meet the other obligations in my life. I hope you understand.

I am keeping the remainder of these web pages intact because some folks have found them useful, and also because I hope that my hiatus from making these tools will not be too long.



Mortise Chisels

These extreme-duty mortise chisels, or mortice chisels, as they are known in some parts of the world, are made in the classical style for chopping mortises the old-fashioned way. The blade is malleted deep into the wood and then pried to lever out the waste.

Mortise chisel blades   The massive 7" blades are at least as thick as they are wide. The length provides great leverage; the extra thickness easily withstands heavy prying. The traditional mortise chisel sides are square to the face. The bezel is 35 degrees. The precision-ground high carbon tool steel is hardened and tempered to RC62 and cryogenically processed for maximum edge retention.

For a more detailed look at the making of these tools, see my Making Mortise Chisels page.

The large, carefully proportioned chisel handle offers a solid, comfortable grip with excellent fine control, and an ample, flat head for easy malleting. Heavy duty solid brass ferrules deter splitting. A thick steel bolster efficiently transmits the force of blows from the handle to the blade.   Mortise Chisel Handle, Cherry

These fine handles are priced separately from the chisel blades because they are expensive and some woodworkers prefer to make their own. Prices start at $20, depending on the type of wood. See Mortise Chisel Handles for more information.

If you want to make your own handles, you may benefit from my page on Making Mortise Chisel Handles.

Here's a nice storage idea: Charlie Belden, who bought three of an early version of these chisels through Knight Toolworks, made a padauk box to store them in.

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