Author Topic: SWAN NECK CHISELS  (Read 2176 times)

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Offline jmarkflesher

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« on: December 06, 2014, 07:43 PM »  Just asking before I order. I need to clean out the bottom of several mortise slots. I plan to order a 6mm (1/4") Swan Neck Chisel by Two Cherries for $68 delivered. Is there a better brand? Do the Japanese make the same type? Anyone have experience using one? Thanks ahead, MARK
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Offline RL

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2014, 10:26 PM »
I tried one once and I didn't see the point of them. When you lever them against the rear wall of the mortise (they are levered in use, not struck with a hammer), I had to be really mindful not to crush the wall and ruin the look of the mortise hole. I just went back to using a regular bench chisel.

And because the back is convex, it makes me think they must be quite hard to sharpen.

(But Lee Valley sell a Henry Taylor swan neck chisel for $34 and their gouges are quite good.)