With proper preparation, these tools take and hold a superior edge
Synopsis: William Tandy Young says the tool hype is true when it comes to Japanese chisels; the laminated steel blade of a Japanese chisel takes and holds an astounding edge. The distinctive hollow in the back of the chisel reduces its surface area, which makes it easy to flatten. Japanese chisels are compact and hefty. There are a lot of low-quality Japanese chisels available, and shares tips on selecting better quality ones. He explains how to get a new chisel ready to be used, from removing the coating to dressing the blade back.
I have a passion for chisels. But when I first encountered Japanese chisels, I wasn’t interested in them, despite the rave reviews. They were expensive and upkeep seemed too bothersome. Besides, how superior could they be to my Western chisels?
I eventually gave in to my curiosity about Japanese chisels and tried a few of them…