What Chisels Do You Need?

In this video, I detail the different types of chisels available, their uses and their limitations. By the end of the video, you should have a good understanding of what to look for when buying a chisel to ensure you don't waste your money on the wrong thing.

This lessons objectives:

  • The different styles of chisel
  • The uses of various chisels
  • What to look for when buying a chisel
  • What to avoid when buying a chisel

My recommendations:

Budget Tools – Rider

These chisels have lovely hornbeam handles on an 01 blade which is easy to sharpen and has relatively good edge retention. It is not as long lasting as A2 or PM-V11, however for a beginner its perfect as it forces you to get into the habit of sharpening more often. If you want to know more about the types of different steel, watch this video.

Mid Range Tools – Ashley Isles

Ashley Isles create lovely tools for anything from woodturning, to carving, to bench chisels. Best of all, they are all made in the UK which I think is a really nice touch. They have a certain handmade feel to them that I think is really appealing.

Premium Tools – Lie Nielsen / Veritas

These chisels are beautiful tools to use and admire. Lie-Nielsen uses A2 steel in the production of their chisels which has good edge retention properties and is still relatively easy to sharpen. Veritas however use PM-V11 steel which has a longer edge retention and is apparently as easy as A2 to sharpen. In my case, I have found it slightly harder than A2 to remove material, although the feel of these chisels in your hand is incredible.

Now that you know what chisels you need. Next lets focus on What Saws you Need.

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