Every handyman, regardless of experience, needs a good set of wood chisels as a complement to any toolbox. A good set of wood chisels is ideal for setting mortise hinges on entrances or cabinet doors, and replaces the more commonly used tool, the screwdriver. Chisels can either be purchased as a set or individually, but a set is recommended for practical usage and cost.
WoodRiver 8-Piece Chisel Set
This set includes sizes ranging from 1/4 inches to 1 1/2 inches. Somewhat more expensive than sets of equal quality, this set is priced at $84.99. These beautifully crafted pieces are designed for skilled craftsman. The high carbon steel blades set into the wood handles with balance and precision, and centering adds overall quality and strength for maximum performance. Overall lengths range from 10 to 11 inches including wood handle. The set comes complete with a wooden inscribed box for protection and proper storage. Honing (sharpening) is recommended before use.
Irwin Marples Blue Chip 6-Piece Chisel Set
The Irwin 6-piece chisel set is designed for increased leverage and use. With longer blades of 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches, this set is a basic set for handymen. With protective blue tip covers for each chisel, it is ideal for around-the-house fixes or larger projects. Standard sizes of this set include: 1/4 inches, 1/2 inches, 3/4 inches, 1 inches, 1 1/4 inches, and 1-1/2 inches. Price ranges start at $69.99 and may vary among suppliers, hardware stores or local home improvement centers.
Sears 9-Piece Footprints Chisel Set
The Footprints 9-piece chisel set is meant to be used over and over. With shock absorbing handles, designed for comfort and durability, this set remains popular with amateur and professional wood workers. The set includes 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch, 1 1/2 inch, 1 3/4 inch, 2 inch and 2 1/4 inch chisels. Blades are etched with size for easy recognition. Other combinations are available, to meet all specifications and requirements of owners. Prices start at $99.99 for a set. The case is included, but is not available in all stores.
Stanley 16-9716 6-Piece Chisel Set
This Stanley 6-piece chisel set features hardened high chrome carbon alloy steel blades for extra retention and performance. This pre-honed set includes 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch and 1-1/2 inch. With bright yellow plastic contoured handles for easy gripping, a well known Stanley trademark, this convenient set will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. It is pre-honed for immediate use. Includes convenient hard cover carrying case for storage. Prices range from $55 to $69.00 depending on location and availability.