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Bench Chisel(6)

Footprint - Bench Chisel(6)

These well-shaped chisels have cutting edges that hold up well despite their buget price

$18 (As of 9/1/2008)

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Editor's Review: Bench Chisels

by Chris Gochnour

review date: September 1, 2008

Gochnour really liked the size and shape of this chisel. The blade is long enough for mid-range paring tasks, yet the compact size is perfect for dovetailing and other precision work that requires mallet taps. The cutting edge held up very well despite the budget price ($18). The tool would be better if its side bevels didn’t have such large flats and it came in more than four widths.

Footprint chisels are available from Woodcraft.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Footprint
Manufacturer's Web Site www.footprint-tools.co.uk or www.affinitytool.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Toughness Ranking N/A
Blade Size 3-3/4. in
Rockwell Hardness N/A
Materials Beech, Sheffield steel
3/30/2013

These are excellent starter chisels. They are the first ones that I bought and I still use them fairly regularly. The handle shape is comfortable and stops them from rolling off your bench. For a beginner, I would recommend a Footprint set of chisels and then buy a higher end 1/4 inch chisel for dovetail work. The bevel sides on the footprints are too wide to properly clean a dovetail.
4/21/2009

I just wanted to add that these chisels do come in sets of 7 and range from 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8 and 1 inch. They are also sold by Sears which has a better selection of Footprint tools in general. They have a large variety of Footprint tools including hand planes, chisels, saws, etc. I am not a Fanboy and don't work for Sears. Just adding some additional information I am rating strictly on price and availability. I have not used any Footprint tools yet. I do plan on picking up a #4 smoothing plane and some chisels soon though! This review was written 4/21/09! -Beezoboy

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