Japan Woodworker - White Steel Japanese 1/2-in. Bench Chisel
White Steel chisels are hand-forged from carbon steel
In the controlled test, it was hard to tell the difference between this Japanese chisel and the Blue Steel Japanese chisel. A marvelous performer. The White Steel chisel costs a few dollars less than the Blue Steel. I asked the folks at Japan Woodworker about the difference between the two, and I was told that the hand-forging processes were similar, but the steel was different. They said the Blue Steel chisel has a more durable edge and will hold up better in abrasive woods like teak or exotic hardwoods. The tool scored an “excellent” on the toughness test. The price of 1/2-in. chisel is listed.