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. There's also a longer version those of us with larger hands will appreciate. You have four choices of wood for the handle; Beech, Resin-Infused Figured Maple, African Blackwood, or Cocobolo.
4 PIECE SET
This set includes the four most commonly used chisel sizes: 1", 3/4", 1/2", and 1/4".
6 PIECE SET
This set adds two larger chisels to the 4-piece set: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1-1/2".
9 PIECE SET
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. Select the width of blade, style of handle, and type of wood you want for your own customized Blue Spruce Optima Bench Chisels.
Keep in mind that these chisel sets are made to order. You can expect to receive yours approximately 12-16 weeks from the date your order is placed. Thanks for your patience.
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.