WoodRiver Bench Chisel - 1 1/4 inch
I looked hard to find a high quality, but medium priced bench chisels and I finally found them in the WoodRiver® Bevel Edge Socket Chisels. Inspired by the classic socket chisels of the past, but improved upon by using modern metals and by making some design tweaks. The result is a chisel optimized for detailed woodworking.
I am very impressed with the flatness of the backs of these chisels which means they only take a minimal amount of preparation work “out of the box.” The transition from the “flat” of the back to the socket is designed with a gradual slope, preventing the back of the chisel from abruptly lifting on longer paring operations. The side bevels sweep back towards the centerline, allowing the chisel access to tight corners, which is especially important for dovetail work. The resulting flat area or “land” is a consistent 0.7mm – narrow enough for tight access but wide enough to prevent an uncomfortable sharp edge.
The complete tool is designed with balance in mind to increase comfort and effectiveness. This is a chisel that will give you years and years of service and will become a favorite in your shop.
Individual chisels available in widths from 1/8 inch to 1-1/4 inch.
Forged from 100 CR-V steel for its edge holding property.
Factory-ground 25° bevel.
Tempered in a salt bath to HRC58-63.
Well fitting bubinga handles.
Each chisel ships with WoodRiver Silicon Chisel Guards.
- Blade length: 4 inches
- Overall length with handle ranges from 9-5/8 inches to 9-7/8 inches.
- Blade width 1-1/4 inch
Impressed with the chisel especially at this price point. First socket type I've owed and made it much easier to flatten the back. The back was relatively flat. A little concave (which is good) and only took 45 minutes moving up the grits (320, 600, 1200, 8000, 16000) to get it flat and polished.
Safety Tip: The sides of the iron are fairly sharp out of the box. Recommend filing flat especially at the top near the handle. A 1.25" chisel blade is going to be wider than the handle. So if your hand slips down it's easy to get cut.
I picked up a set of these recently as an upgrade from the Stanley Sweetheart chisels I was using.
It was obvious before I bought them that the beveled sides was going to be an improvement. What was less clear to me was just how much better they were going to feel to use.