Optima Bench Chisels

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 standard chisel handles fit most hands comfortably for both mallet work and delicate paring cuts. You have two choices of wood for the handle: Resin-Infused Figured Maple or Bolivian Rosewood.

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: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1-1/2".

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. You can get your Optima Bench Chisels in individual blade widths or together in a set, and you have your choice of Resin-Infused Curly Maple or Bolivian Rosewood handle. 

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.  

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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