Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Hand Tools >> Bevel Edge Chisel
Socket Chisel The above tool is also a chisel that instead of having a pointed tang that fits into a hole in the handle, it has a socket, and the handle fits into that. This makes the handle a lot less prone to splitting.
These chisels have the edges bevelled and because of this they are weaker than the equivalent width firmer chisel, framing chisel and mortise chisel. They require careful handling.
So why use them?
The chisel above is typical of the products of modern manufacturers.
Paring Chisel. So "when I were a lad" the bench hand joiners that I served my time with all had this type of chisel. In the 32mm (1-1/14") width they would be about 300 to 350mm (12 to 14") long. They normally would be of excellent steel with boxwood handles.
They were used for what we see the tool above being used for. Cleaning out, levelling off and tidying up the bottoms of the trenches in stair strings or trimming wide tenons etc.
The standard handle that fits over a tang in the chisel always has a metal ferrule at the joint to stop the wood splitting. In the example top-above it also has another ferrule at the end.
The lower example is once again a socket design and the body of the chisel shows a modern trend that is to make the bevels steeper than the older versions, thereby adding a bit more strength and stiffness.
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