Japanese Chisel set from Grizzly - Setting the hoops

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Forum topic by KellyS posted 11-04-2009 03:02 PM 2594 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2009 03:02 PM

Does anyone have the chisel set from grizzly I bought them based on the good reviews in the tool magazine, but I just don’t see how you can set the hoops on these. I’ve read the instructions on Tools for Woodworking and I understand them, but I just don’t see how I’m going to get all that wood stuffed through that little hoop! When they came, the hoops were fairly tight to begin with! Do I need to trim the handles a little so that the hoop will slide down more? I mean the goal is to get them to mushroom over the top of the hoop right? Does it really matter? I do know that you’ll put some nice dings in your mallet if you don’t. ERR! I just hate to take a hammer to them and beat them to death trying to get these hoops on. One other question. Several things I’ve read say that Japanese chisels are made to be hit with a steel or brass hammer and that the others without the hoop should be hit with a wood mallet. This is correct right? Anyways, any information would be most appreciated.


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#1 posted 11-04-2009 03:58 PM

Many that’s a good price for that set, I bought a similar set elsewhere years ago and it was about $200. It’s probably the same source. I had to whittled my set down until the hoops fit snugly. Then I soaked the ends into hot water then pounded the fibers to mushroom. Some ended up a little loose where the rings would spin. But after a couple years of use, all the hoops fitted tightly. I use the crown wooden mallet on set, as it’s the most comfortable. The mallet faces does show how hard I work it.

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 07:53 PM

Yes, the price is pretty decent and they were rated in the tool guide last year and this year as “Best Value” and called them “Diamonds in the rough”. I can’t speak for any other chisels, the only other set I have it a set of Harbor Freight chisel like objects, that I keep razor sharp, but they don’t hold their edge long. i.e. I don’t have anything to compare them to. These seem nice to me, I just have to figure out how to set the hoops well. Thanks for the information


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#3 posted 11-04-2009 08:33 PM

I bought that set from Grizzly about 10 years ago and I never worried about it. All the rings are pretty tight and as I have used them they seem to only get tighter. I have found them to be of good value with the only problem I could see is that they may be a little brittle in that I had one chip a little when I was working a knotty area in a piece of western maple.

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