If you prefer the control a shorter blade provides, Blue Spruce Toolworks Optima™ Butt Chisels are 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" with the standard style handle. You also have your choice of a shorter handle to match your hand size and type of work. The two handle styles are available in four wood choices, Beech, resin-infused figured Maple, African Blackwood and Cocobolo.
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 1/8".
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. Select the width of blade, style of handle, and type of wood you want for your own customized Blue Spruce Optima Butt Chisels.
Keep in mind that these chisel sets are made to order. You can expect to receive yours approximately 12-16 weeks from the date your order is placed. Thanks for your patience.
Please note that due to current CITES regulations we are unable to ship African Blackwood, Cocobolo and other Rosewoods or dalbergia outside of the USA. Please do not order these options if your final shipping destination is not in the USA. Thank you for your understanding.