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Re: what chisel shape would you choose..

David Weaver
sorry, I mean pre-ferrule chisel, not pre bolster. I'm assuming that the bolster being forged was something doable long before production of thin tube steel was common.

Thanks for the picture - that's generally the style of chisel I'm looking to make - some with bevels, some without. Since I have limited desire to do significant moving of metal (in blacksmithing terms) and more shaping, it depends more on the starting stock (half round files make for a great starting point for beveled chisels, and flat chisels and flat stock for thinner with less of a bevel.

I gather from what I could glean from George (without him telling me directly one thing or another) that one of the issues for smiths working now is getting really clean wrought, which makes hand forge welding iron to steel more difficult. He'd mentioned more than once (including publicly on sawmill creek) that the blacksmiths preferred 1070 or something similar. I don't know if they just use what larry provides when they use larry's planes - I'm guessing so.

George has made his share of chisels and carving tools, but not for anyones' consumption but his own as far as I know. Strangely, in a decade of talking to george, the topic has never come up and I guessed into shrinking bolsters on tangs rather than forgoing them (an aesthetic that I don't like *at all*, to see a modern chisel with no bolster and a really heavy ferrule to make up for it). George mentioned something similar - filing close to size and then driving a hot ferrule tight and allowing it to shrink to a tang.

I'm waiting for the punchline, as making really pleasant chisels has been a bit too easy so far and getting a little bit more tidy and really finely finished without much extra effort isn't far away.

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