In this guide we’ll look at the best wood chisels for the UK market.
We’ve compared build quality, performance, design and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What are the best wood chisels?
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These Hultafors HULHDC4 Wood Chisels are the best wood chisels if you are looking for a set of durable, quality chisels for professional quality woodworking.
The set includes a 40mm, 32mm, 25mm, and 20mm chisel making this the ideal set for heavy duty work. The chisels are forged in one piece for extra strength and durability. Forged steel is stronger and more durable than cast steel, so this makes these chisels really excellent quality for all types of woodworking. The blade is bevelled at 25° for the best ratio between sharpness and durability. In addition, the entire chisel including the handle can be positioned flat against a surface making them super versatile. They also feature a Santoprene handle which is strong and comfortable to use.
The chisels come with a ventilated holster that can be attached to a belt.
These chisels are extremely strong and durable allowing you to complete tasks precisely and with the necessary force without risk of damage. They feel nice and solid in the hands and the blades hold their edge well.
This DEWALT DWHT16063 Short Blade Wood Chisel 4 piece Set includes four well-made chisels that hold their edge well and are comfortable to use.
These chisels have tough tempered chrome carbon steel blades that feel really strong and durable. They also have a lacquered blade for resistance to corrosion. They come ready sharpened, have a hardened strike cap for extra durability and hold their edge well. The set includes four chisels sized 6mm, 12mm, 18mm and 25mm making them suitable for a wide variety of tasks. The chisels come with a soft, plastic hangable rack and have a 1-year guarantee. The handles are very comfortable to use, and the chisels feel well balanced.
These good quality chisels are easy to use and offer excellent value for money.
These Triton 823149 TWCS5 Wood Chisel 6/12/19/25/32 mm Set of 5 Pieces have strong blades, comfortable handles and come in a carry pouch
This set includes 5 chisels in sizes 6mm, 12mm, 19mm, 25mm and 32 mm. The blades are constructed from high-quality hardened chrome vanadium. They also feature a nickel plated striking cap for added durability and the handles are comfortable to use. The chisels feel heavy yet well-balanced and the blade holds its edge well
These chisels are of good quality, come in a nice nylon carry pouch and offer excellent value for money.
This NAREX Wood Chisel Set 4 Piece have quality blades and wooden handles and feel light yet sturdy to use.
The blades of these chisels are made from chrome manganese steel which has been heat treated to 59 HRC. They are supplied sharp and ready to use and hold their edge well. The handles are made from stained and waxed wood and feel comfortable to hold. They are also equipped with a steel ferrule and hoop. The set includes 4 chisels in sizes 8mm, 10mm, 16mm and 32 mm and the set offers great value for a wooden handled chisel set.
These chisels look great and are made with quality materials. They are light and comfortable to use and make the ideal workshop tool.
This Wood Pro Chisel Set 6mm, 10mm, 13mm, 19mm, 25mm, 32mm includes six chisels in a wooden case for a very reasonable price.
The chisels have blades made from heat treated chrome vanadium steel making them strong, easy to sharpen and allowing them to hold their edge well. The chisels also have strong, impact resistant polypropylene handles and steel striking caps.
The set comes in a nice wooden box and includes blade guards.
Overall, this a great introductory chisel set at an excellent price.
Buying a set of chisels provides a convenient way to have a selection of sizes for all your woodworking needs. Most sets include a small chisel of around 6-8mm up to a large 32mm chisel for heavier duty jobs. This type of set is ideal for a range of tasks from major carpentry jobs to smaller cabinet making tasks.
Larger, more heavy duty chisel sets include more of the larger sizes and these are suitable for jobs such as construction and larger home renovation tasks.
Most chisels come with blade guards which are essential both for safety and to keep the blades from becoming damaged in your toolbox. Some chisel sets come in a case or wooden box which is a nice feature as it keeps your chisels all together and safe from damage.
It is worth buying chisels with good quality blades as these will be more effective at heavy duty work as well as being easier to sharpen. Good quality blades also keep their edge better so reduce the time needed to be spent sharpening them.
Chisel blades are often made from forged or heat treated steel which makes them strong, sharp and durable. Forged steel offers the best and strongest blades making this the ideal material for heavy duty chisels.
If you are going to be using your chisels a lot, then an ergonomic handle is a must. Wooden handles are comfortable to use, however, Santoprene or polypropylene can often be more comfortable for long term use. These types of handles are also more resistant to water damage and the general wear and tear that can happen on construction sites. Of all the types of handle, Santoprene is probably the most comfortable and grippy to use.
Most chisels come with a ground bevel of between 25 and 35 degrees. However, it is left to you to put the final edge on the chisel. You can do this easily by following the instructions below.
What are wood chisels used for?
Wood chisels can be used for a variety of wood shaping tasks. They can be used to cut away wood from a workpiece or to chop out large chunks of wood when, for example, creating joints. Chisels can also be used to pare away small shavings of wood such as when creating a hole for a door hinge or carving wooden objects. You can also use a chisel to scrape off unwanted coatings such as glue or paint.
How do you use a wood chisel?
You use chisels in different ways depending on the cuts you are making.
In a chopping cut, the chisel is held vertical to the workpiece. The chisel is then struck with a mallet. You may need to strike the mallet several times to achieve the required depth.
You can use a chisel to create a shallow mortice cut, such as to fit a hinge. For this, you need to mark out the area to be cut away by scoring around the hinge with a knife. Next, make a vertical cut at either end of the area you want to remove. This will prevent your later cuts from straying outside the required area. You then use the chisel bevel side down at a low angle and gently tap the end with the mallet. The blade will penetrate into the wood lifting up a sliver of wood as it moves. If the cut needs to be deeper, you simply raise the angle of the blade. Continue this process until you have removed all the necessary wood and the hinge fits perfectly.
You can also use a chisel to make a paring cut. For this, you lay the flat side of the chisel on the workpiece. You then move the chisel forward and to the side in an arcing movement to remove fine slivers of wood until you achieve the required result. This type of cut should be done with the force of your hand rather than a mallet.
You can use a combination of these cuts if necessary, for instance chopping out with a vertical cut and then removing the rest of the wood with a horizontal cut.
How do I sharpen my wood chisels?
Begin by flattening the back of your chisel by holding it flat to your sharpening stone and working it backwards and forwards lengthwise. Start with a coarse grit stone, then medium and finally finish with a fine grit stone. You can use a bench grinder to save time and effort.
To sharpen the bevel, turn over the blade and place the bevel onto the sharpening stone. Draw the blade backwards and forwards across the stone keeping it flat to the stone without tipping it. You can use a honing guide to keep the angle perfect. When you can see grit scratches on the bevel its time to switch to the medium stone, then again, when you see scratches, switch to the fine grit stone. Wipe the blade between changes.
You can finish the process by using sandpaper or stropping with a piece of leather and a polishing compound if you choose.
How to use wood chisels for carving?
Straight-edged chisels are not always the first tool you would think of for wood carving. However, they are very useful. As well as being used to rough out general shapes, bevel edged chisels can be used for defining straight lines and border work in relief carving.