Optima Butt Chisels

If you prefer the control a shorter blade provides, Optima™ Butt Chisels are the choice for you. Whether you're working in confined areas, carefully mortising for hinges or working on small dovetails, these butt chisels give you the stability and access you need. The connection between the chisel and the handle combines a strong socket with a deeply fitted tang. They're available in nine blade widths from 1/8” to 1-1/2”. The overall length of the chisels is about 6-1/2", and you have your choice of Resin-Infused Figured Maple or Bolivian Rosewood for the handle.    

All Optima Chisels feature a lapped and polished back with flatness measured in light bands (the same system used to measure silicon wafers). This incredible surface results in edge sharpness unlike any other chisel in the world. You will never have to flatten the backs of your Optima chisels…ever. And, when you unbox your new Optima Chisels, they’re razor sharp and 100% ready to go to work. No sharpening, no honing, no nothing. 

Perfectly sharpened is a great first step, but how does it hold an edge? Each Optima Chisel is machined from A2 tool steel, heat treated, double-tempered, cryogenically treated, ground, lapped and polished to perfection. The tempering and cryo treatments result in an incredibly fine grain structure and a hardness of Rockwell C-60 to C-62. Blue Spruce Optima chisels take and hold an edge like no other.   


This set includes the four most commonly used chisel sizes: 1", 3/4", 1/2", and 1/4".


This set adds two larger chisels to the 4-piece set: 1-1/2", 1", 3/4", 1/2", 1/4", and 3/8".


Our most complete set includes every size you’re likely to need to create precision joinery. 1-1/2", 1-1/4", 1", 3/4", 5/8", 1/2", 3/8", 1/4", and 1/8".

Use the drop-down menus below to select your options. You can get your Optima Butt Chisels in individual blade widths or together in a set, and you have your choice of Resin-Infused Curly Maple or Bolivian Rosewood handle.

Please note, wood is a natural product and wood grain, color, and figure vary greatly. No two chisels will look exactly alike, but we make our greatest effort to match each of your chisel handles when purchased as a set. If you are not satisfied with your chisels, contact our customer service and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

We have retired Cocobolo as an option due to shipping restrictions and access to quality stock.  We have sufficient supply to handle any special orders.  Please contact orders@bluesprucetoolworks for any special requests. 

Keep in mind that these chisel sets are made to order.  You can expect to receive yours approximately 4-6 weeks from the date your order is placed. Thanks for your patience.

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