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Bench Chisel 7-3/8-in.

Ashley Iles - Bench Chisel 7-3/8-in.

Ashley Iles American pattern bench chisel is just 7-3/8-in. and works best for precision work

$26 (As of 9/1/2008)

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Editor's Review: Bench Chisels

by Chris Gochnour

review date: September 1, 2008

At 7-3/8 in. long, this is the shortest chisel and, due to its size, not the best all-around bench tool. For precision tasks that require holding the chisel in the fingertips, like dovetailing and chopping hinge mortises, it really excels. The beveled edge tapers to an extra-thin 0.0025 in., which also favors dovetailing. But the short blade means it is not a good choice for paring.

Ashley Iles chisels are available at The Best Things and Tools for Working Wood.

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Editor Test Results:

Toughness Ranking N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Ashley Iles
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 01790 763372
Blade Size 2-1/2 in.
Rockwell Hardness N/A
Materials Handle: beech or bubinga; Blade: Sheffield steel

Very good steel, keeps an edge very well. Reasonably easy to flatten the back. Very reasonable price. I bought a set about a year ago for my six year old son to use (He can not touch my Lie Nielsens until he is a least 26!). They have held up much better than anything Stanley and Irwin/Marples makes today. They are not as good as the LN's, but they do not cost the same, either.

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