Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: Hardness Data for Chisels

Wiley Horne
David,

Thank you for bringing this data. It’s fascinating stuff, and enough repetitions to make it credible.

I read through your anecdotes carefully, and what stood out was that the chisels you make sure are within reach, are ones picked on feel, handling, clean steel, amenable to Washita, and maybe certain intangibles (English look, f’rinstance :) ). Hardness doesn’t seem to figure very large. I wonder if those kind of practical matters are typical for most of us, as opposed to wanting a high-specification tool.

I was surprised the Tasai averaged 65+. They sharpen readily in my experience.
Got a Tasai fishtail coming in a month.

Thanks again for posting the data.

Wiley

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