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#1 posted 03-21-2018 10:58 PM

Can t see why the side of a chisel has to be that sharp , you don t push em sideways do you???,

- simmo

It’s an artifact of the machining. A properly prepared bench chisel will have a back that is dead flat, and sides that are at 90 degrees to the back. Hell, I’ve gotten edges on planed hard maple that can slice flesh and draw blood, so getting an edge like that on a chisel is easy. Some folks like ‘em that sharp on a new chisel, let’s them know they aren’t getting a tool shaped object, AND that the chisel can be relied upon to cut a SQUARE corner if needed. Given that I’ve sliced a few fingers with new chisel sides in my time, I figure anymore that part of the prep is easing the edge just enough enough to not draw blood.

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