Optima Paring Chisels

Thin, flat and long, Optima Paring Chisels enable you to perform the finishing touches on your projects.  Shave tenons and dowels perfectly flush with surrounding areas. Trim dovetails and box joints true and level. The long blade gives you an extended reference surface similar to the sole of a jointer plane. The 6-3/4" blade length delivers excellent control and superb balance. The concave side bevels provide clearance to get the chisel right into the tightest corners of your joinery.

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 Blue Spruce Optima chisels…ever. And, when you unbox them, 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 its edge? Each Optima Chisel is machined from A2 tool steel, then double-tempered and cryogenically treated. The tempering and cryo treatments result in an incredibly fine grain structure and a hardness of Rockwell C-60 to C-62. These chisels take and hold an edge like no other.

The Paring Chisel’s handle will fit most hands comfortably. There's also a longer version those of us with larger hands will appreciate.  You have two choices of wood for the handle: Resin-Infused Figured Maple or Bolivian Rosewood.

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. 

New ferrule design.  We have modified the ferrule and handle to match our Bench and Butt chisels.  As is always the case when we retire styles and colors we keep sufficient stock for you to complete your sets.  Please contact orders@bluesprucetoolworks for any special requests.  


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


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


Our most complete set includes every size you’re likely to need: 1/8”, 1/4", 3/8”, 1/2", 5/8”, 3/4", 1”, 1-1/2”

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

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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