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Mortise chisel restore
Vintage French bedanes

I bought my self some old steel…

In France they call mortise chisels for Bedanes.
The chisels are Klingenthal (Klingen=blades, thal= valley), was originally located in Alsace.
The factory was founded by the French king Louis XV to make swords for the French army, but since then the French cut of the head of the king, so they produced swords for Napoleons great army instead.
This was the reason why I fell in love with these chisels, or more exactly in the steel…

This is a post from the blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/23178 .

Pictures:
1. The set after restore.
2. Here how they look when they arrived.
3. A piece of fire wood from my friend Michael.
4. Shaping those handles.
5. Knife makes tool being used.
6. Klingenthal (Klingen=blades, thal= valley).


Ohhh yes and here a drawing and a wonderful recipe for ginger lemon pears I made yesterday.

_I am really happy with the result, and hope to inspire others to take the same road..

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





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patron

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 01:31 PM

gee
and here i thought
i could cook some pears
and fit the tang in them
and maybe shape
before they dry
and harden

now that is something i could do

i did learn how to boil water
building my house alone
i have learned many new things

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sodabowski

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 01:36 PM

The result is very nice.

(Note to self: buy pears)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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mafe

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 01:51 PM

David, DAVID!!! No. Dont play with the tools while you eat.
These pears are so tasteful that it should be illigal to make them, and they are so easy to cook that if you can cook a egg you can cook this.
Forgot to write you have to cut the ginger into little pices, and the that it taste wonderful if you grind some of the lemon shell into the water -I just looked if it was ‘idiot’ proof, not that I was thinking of some one special my friend David.
Yes Thomas go and buy some pears! You will not regred and your GF will be happy!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Maveric777

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 02:24 PM

Well done Mads! You did a fantastic job of breathing new life back into these handsome chisels… Very good stuff…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 02:29 PM

Nice work mads. More old tools with extra life.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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patron

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 02:44 PM

i just learned how to fry eggs
now you want me to boil them

i was hoping to use different fruits
for different handles
so i could find them by their shape and color
it thought the lemon was for a nice smell
and the ginger to harden them

i am still wondering what handle a pineapple
or a watermelon could be used for lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bertha

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 03:21 PM

Gorgeous mortises with character beyond most. The coarseness of the tang is very attractive to me. The handle fit is spectacular.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bluepine38

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 03:30 PM

Where do you come up with these wonderful old tools, you either have an army of tool gnomes out
looking, or a whole bunch of wonderful friends from Lumberjocks helping you find these tools. I would
be green with envy if I did not know that the tools now have a wonderful new home with a great
woodworker and tool maker/restorer. I have never seen this type of chisel before, but considering the
source, the steel must be terrific. Thank you for sharing. Did you make a special knife for cutting the
pears?

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Bertha

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#9 posted 05-13-2011 03:39 PM

Lol, Gus! Knowing Mads, here’s his likely pear knife:)

http://www.fontenille-pataud.com/laguiole-xs-9-cm-hand-made-knife-stabilized-amboina-burl--guilloche-_P930xuk.html

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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murch

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#10 posted 05-13-2011 03:59 PM

Great restore Mads. No steel like old steel.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#11 posted 05-13-2011 04:19 PM

The result is beautiful.

-- Jiri

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tdv

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#12 posted 05-13-2011 08:37 PM

You just made some old chisels very happy Mads you can’t beat old steel & fresh pears (especially with ginger)
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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derosa

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#13 posted 05-14-2011 05:15 AM

Very nice work and history. It reminds me that I need to make a couple of handles for a pair of late 1800s chisels I bought at the veterans store.

-- A posse ad esse

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mafe

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#14 posted 05-14-2011 09:22 AM

Heeeloooo,
Derosa, sounds interesting with those chisels.
Trevor, yes nothing like to eat ginger pears with a pig sticker…
Jiri, now my face color is red as a apple.
Murch, agree on that one. And sword steel is not making it worse…
Bertha, I laugh, yes they do make beautiful pocket knifes, and I do have one in Paris, only with horn not wood. And yes I also think they are beautiful, and I’m glad I went for the simple handles, they are wonderful to hold, and they are beautiful I think.
Gus, mostely E-bay and patience. But yes I also have a few gnomes and a tool angel helping me.
David, do not fry a cooked egg… My ohhh you made me laugh with the fruit handles thank you.
Canadianchips, Hmmmmm yes, more tools that come back to life, why is it it makes me smile.
Maveric, Dan you make me think of Pinoccio, just hope the blades will not grow…
Thank you for your kind and smily comments,
best of my thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#15 posted 05-14-2011 03:35 PM

I really wish I could draw like that. My scribbles do eventually come to life, so I guess that’s what is important.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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