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Warren in Lancaster, PA
I start with the blank in the vise and drill a small hole. You can enlarge the hole with larger drills (lesser depths), then use a tapered reamer. At the end you have to use the tang itself as a reamer to get a nice fit. You work the reamer to one side of the hole to correct for any crookedness in the chisel.

The tangs of older tools have a very nice regular taper down to a rather fine point. This is no accident. This enables you to get a fine fit. 21st century tangs are often fat and blunt, so you need a ferrule just to keep the handle from splitting.

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