Dovetail Chisels

OPTIMA™ Dovetail Chisel - 5/16 (0.313) 7.9mm

Every book on sharpening chisels starts with pages of instructions on how to flatten the back. The authors devote so much attention to the subject because chisels don’t arrive ready to use or even with a reasonably flat back…until now.  Blue Spruce Toolworks new 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 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 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. 

Blue Spruce Toolworks Dovetail Chisels are specialty chisels designed for the light chopping, paring and precision fitting of your finest joinery. They have a refinement, balance and feel that is unmatched. The 4-inch long thin blade is just the right length for close-up intimate work, while still allowing clear visibility to the work piece. The unique concave side bevels allow the chisel to pare right into the tightest corners of dovetail joints and give a refined, elegant look to the chisels.  They will become your favorite chisels when only the finest work will do. They are available in blade widths of 1/8 inch to 1-1/2 inch, three different handle styles, three wood choices for the handles and three finishes for the ferrules. The maple handles are figured maple and have been infused with acrylic resin. This makes an extremely dense and tough handle that can take pounding from a mallet. Optional Cocobolo and African Blackwood handles are only available to USA customers. 

See the images for illustrations of handle options and blade sizes and then use the drop down menus below to select your options. You must select the style of handle, type of wood, and ferrule finish.

Please note that we make your chisels to order and lead times can be up to 12 weeks. We will make every effort to get your items to you as soon as possible. 

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.

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