Crank Neck Paring Chisels

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Crank neck chisels are great for hard to reach areas, chiseling dadoes, creating or cleaning out grooves, and making patterns. They allow a unique working angle. These Buck Brothers chisels were one of my better finds at a garage sale in the 70’s. I didn’t know their exact history until I searched. The three chisels on the right side are pre 1900. The ones on the left were not produced after l960. Some rehandled versions are still available. Anyone using these, and if so how do you like them?

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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 01-25-2007 04:12 PM

Wow, CM… you sure do have a lot of crank neck paring chisels… Maybe just a few TOO many, if you know what I mean.


Let me know if you ever want to unload some of them! I’ve always been a bit partial to Buck Brothers chisels – probably because my grandfather’s nickname was Buck.

-- Ethan,

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#2 posted 01-25-2007 04:33 PM

I thought posting a unique type of tool for our trade would have been of more interest. When I started out there were no catalogs by mail, no computers for home use, and very little information on techniques or tools anywhere. By being a garage sale and flea market junkie, found tools that I had no idea what they did.

It’s a real pleasure to use the proper tool to do a specific task. When you have to earn your living with tools, the more knowledge you have is a great help. After that it’s practice. If woodworking is a hobby, tools are what’s between you and the wood. These chisels are as different to each other by virtue of their sizes and shapes of the cutting surfaces. I could always name you in my will. Thanks for responding.

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 01-25-2007 05:10 PM

Yeah, I was just joking. It’s a great collection of crank neck chisels, though! Thanks for sharing.

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 05-20-2007 05:55 AM

Thanks for posting these. Finds like these are harder and harder to come by. Glad I found the post using shuffle.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 05-20-2007 01:36 PM


I know what you mean. Sometimes walking around a flea market, or standing at a folding table at a garage sale, you don’t know what you’re seeing. I remember when I started out, I would see a plane or a type of hand tool that was not in my knowledge base, so, I would buy it and then find out what it does.

There are a lot of threads here that get buried, and it seems there is some kind of posting race going on. Goiing through pages and pages of “pulse” now is very difficult to do any searches.

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#6 posted 10-22-2007 10:54 PM

Thank goodness for the automatic rotation!

Nice find . . . a long time ago. I’ve only stumbled upon one crank neck chisel I could afford in the past 20 years!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#7 posted 10-22-2007 11:29 PM

Coincidentally, I was just yesterday following some on eBay but foolishly let them go.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#8 posted 10-22-2007 11:52 PM

Great find. A nice set.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Francisco Luna

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#9 posted 02-17-2009 11:10 PM


-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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