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Stanley No. 161 Chisels

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Blog series by Smitty_Cabinetshop updated 03-05-2021 08:32 PM 2 parts 1920 reads 41 comments total

Part 1: Say what?

02-24-2021 04:14 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

A recent addition to the shop arsenal are some uncommon Stanley tools, No. 161 Thin Blade, Butt Chisels. From a 1949 edition of Catalogue 34: The #161 tang design is representative of E.A.Berg, et al, Swedish chisels and made by that company almost certainly. They rang up dismal sales while offered (roughly 1941-1955). The model number is stamped in the brass ferrule, and I picked up a ‘set’ that includes widths of 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1”, 1 1/4”, and 1 1/2&#...

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Part 2: Why, you asked?

03-05-2021 08:32 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 17 comments »

Why indeed… Sooner or later, the slippery slope can take a person down the path of rounding up sets of tools that otherwise aren’t commonly available. Even though, as in the case of chisels, the user already has a perfectly serviceable set in-house. How does that happen? Can’t speak for anyone else, but in my case this No. 161 fixation started with the little guy on the left. I uncovered that 3/8” tang chisel with replacement handle in the “CHISELS” ...

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