Fishtail Chisels

OPTIMA Fishtail Chisels - 1/2 FISHTAIL (0.500) - 12.7mm

  • 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 fishtail chisels are some of the finest quality fishtail chisels available today. Though specifically designed for cleaning out dovetail sockets, fishtail chisels could become a favorite for any detailed paring needs. The blade has a 5:1 taper ratio and a width of 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch. They are available with a choice of wood for the handles as well as a handle style.

    You must select the style of handle, type of wood, and ferrule finish.  See the tabs above for illustrations of handle options and blade sizes and then use the drop down menus below to select your options. You must select, 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 16 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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