Hand Tools

more pictures of roundovers..

David Weaver
..hopefully, this won't end with me finding a primo set of chisels and buying them.


An interesting military all steel pair of chisels from WWII. The top side of this chisel shows the same neat round over with the same finish as the rest of the chisel. No user would be able to repeat this. I have no clue what's going on with the second chisel, but it must be used to clear the bottoms of mortises or pry something. It retains part of its factory roundover even though it doesn't look like it would function with it. I have absolutely no clue what someone would be military mortising in WWII that would require the toughness of all metal handles, especially given the wide spread availability of power tools.

It looks like the user has neatly chased back part of the edge to ride the bevel on that flat. No clue where this would've ended if they'd used the chisel longer.


a chisel without the roundover, the top has been ground off. One could speculate that was factory until it's clear that the grind was done to the bevel, too. Once again, a smaller bevel to ride is maintained (my guess from experience being that I had one of these in the past and put a big 35 degree single bevel on it and the friction was enormous, and rotation in the mortise wasn't very good).


a set of 3 - the one in the middle is stamped 1945 and the bolser is homely - I think the era of making these with much intent other than for the few who still wanted them was probably over (the UK board guys said the last one of these was made in 1971. not sure how they know that unless someone published that they were making the last one).

The chisel on the right is easier to see, but again, smaller bevel and round over.

None of these chisels look like they were used "unprofessionally" or sloppily.


green, all steel, rounded. No way to tell if it's original, but the rounding is neat.


3 more. I can't tell much about the center one. The bottom one is neatly rounded (3rd on the right isn't oval bolstered).


interestingly, one has two bevels and the other is hollow ground. No clue.

Comment in a long tang mortise chisel prior to this listing shows another one rounded over like the military mortise chisel and says that a user ground the chisel end rounded to use the mortise chisel as a round scraper on a lathe.


no clue. can't believe they'd have come like that - like the hollow ground one, they don't match any others.


this one looks shortened and the top isn't crisp, but the rounding isn't as wide of a radius nor as neat. Has a small secondary bevel, though.

None of these look to be recent use, but the use of a single bevel on any of them seems to be uncommon. I didn't exclude anything from either of these retailers except for those with pictures that you can't tell anything.

There were several pigstickers ground round or to a V - the listing for the large tang chisel suggests that all of them were probably modified to use for turning.

What's interesting about many of these as they're out there in great length. I'd imagine that it was hard to find many mortises outside of some production area that would've been deep enough to use the chisel type more productively than anything else.

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