Edges are square, parallel along the length, and very narrow so you can get into tight places. The backs are ground flat and finished by hand at 400 grit. The bevel is flat ground at 30°, but a higher secondary bevel (about 35°) is advisable, depending on the wood and how the chisel is being used. Additional honing is recommended.
Lie-Nielsen Chisels have Maine-harvested Hornbeam handles. Hornbeam, also known as Ironwood, was once prized for its toughness, but usually winds up as firewood these days. This under-utilized species makes superb chisel handles. We don’t recommend using a 16-ounce framing hammer with these chisels, though that is how we test them.
Re-Seating Handles: When your Chisels arrive, the handles may be loose because of wood shrinkage. They may also loosen during dry weather. The handles are held in place by the wedging of the wood into the tapered socket. Just rap the chisel handle upside down to re-seat the handle. Although I’ve had chisel sets in my shop for years without the handles coming loose, some people have the opposite experience. One solution to a loose handle is to apply hair spray to the tapered section and re-seat as described. Strange as it may sound, it’s effective - and unlike glue, it’s reversible.
Removing Handles: One of the advantages of the socket design is that if you want to change handles, you can simply tap the side of the handle on a board and pop the handle off.
Materials:Our chisels are made of A-2 Tool Steel, hardened to Rockwell 60-62. A-2 chisels are cryogenically treated and double tempered.
Maintenance: Tool Steel can rust. To protect your chisels, you should oil, wax and/or wrap the tools after use. At the least, wipe your fingerprints off with an oily rag. We recommend Camellia or Jojoba Oil - vegetable oil based products. They are non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Also, in our shop we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tools. The oils and the abrasive handblock are available from us
Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.Warning: Sharp chisels are dangerous and should be handled with care. Dull chisels are even more dangerous and should be sharpened.
WARNING: This product can expose you to lead, which is known to the
State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm. For more information go www.P65Warnings.ca.gov. Wash
hands after handling.