As good as IBC chisels are, every now and then we find one that does not meet our stringent quality control checks and we cannot sale it as a "First". Instead of repairing it or sending it back to the factory, we offer it as a factory second at a significantly discounted price.
Chisel seconds are typically caused by one or more of the following three things:
1. Handle fits sloppy on the chisel. Doesn't effect the use of the chisel but it doesn't look right. Some sanding, or rasp work could fix most of the issue.
2. Finish on the handle is rough. Doesn't effect the use of the chisel but it is not first quality. A little sanding and refinishing is likely all it needs.
3. Back of chisel is out of our tolerance for flat, which is within +/- .0001 of an inch. This means it will take you longer than normal to flatten the back and you may need to start on a coarse stone such as a 300 grit, but with patience you will get it flat and in great shape.
If we are out of stock, just keep checking back, maybe there is a factory second chisel in your future!!
Please see the corresponding IBC Chisel product page for all the details about this chisel.
NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS ON FACTORY SECONDS.