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.
Optima Bench Chisel blades extend 4-1/2" beyond the ferrule. The chisel handles fit most hands comfortably and are designed for both mallet work and delicate paring cuts. Several handle styles are available. They’re available in nine widths, from 1/8" to 1-1/2". You have three choices of wood, Resin-Infused Curly Maple, African Blackwood or Cocobolo. You have your choice of brushed or ceramic-coated black stainless-steel ferrules.
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 the style of handle, ferrule finish and type of wood.
Note that we make your chisels to order and lead times are 12-16 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 and Cocobolo 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.