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03-21-2018 03:31 AM

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I was fortunate enough to get a set of Lie Nielsen bench chisels. The sides of the chisels are sharp enough to cut my fingers.

Anybody else had this problem? How did you fix it?


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#1 posted 03-21-2018 03:35 AM

They will make really nice dovetail chisels. :)

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 03:39 AM

Buy more bandages? :-)

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#3 posted 03-21-2018 03:49 AM

I’ve cut the crap out of my hands with my LN’s. I learned to hold between thumb and fore fingers and stay away from the edges.

Worst day I ever had was one fell off the bench and in a reaction mode, grabbed it. It wasn’t the cutting edge that got be but the sides of the chisel. Bled like a stuck pig on that one.

Keep the grip higher up on blade if possible. Cheers.

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#4 posted 03-21-2018 03:54 AM

I went into my shop barefoot or wearing flip-flops
once to get a ruler or something and knocked
a round-handled Sorby chisel off the bench
getting my thing out of the tool tray. It was
probably a 1/4” chisel but I don’t remember,
narrow enough to roll.

Stabbed me in the foot. I couldn’t flex my little
toe up for about 3 years.

I handle chisels more carefully now, and put them

You can ease those sharp edge with fine sandpaper.
I’ve done it before on chisels. I’d do it again
if I noted a problem.

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#5 posted 03-21-2018 03:55 AM

I stropped the edges. May have even took a couple swipes with 2000g before. Don’t remember.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 03-21-2018 09:15 AM

I used to get lots of little cuts on my fingers from the sides of my LN chisels while paring. I took a file to them and broke the edges starting about an inch up from the end (left the very end of the edges sharp, as that’s nice when paring waste out of dovetails). Just took one or two passes to dull the edge enough that I can use them without having to worry about how to get blood out of the wood.

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#7 posted 03-21-2018 12:10 PM

It’s not just the LNs that will do that. I had numerous cuts from the sides of my Narex chisels until I broke the edges a bit.

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 03-21-2018 01:59 PM

The Veritas chisels are that way as well, they recommend you break the edges…which I did.

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#9 posted 03-21-2018 04:55 PM

My newer Stanley 750’s do the same thing to me, but I am reluctant to ease the land’s. I just try to hold them more carefully!

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#10 posted 03-21-2018 04:58 PM

Do it an inch or so up and let your kids worry about it it later.

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#11 posted 03-21-2018 06:41 PM

Can’t see why the side of a chisel has to be that sharp , you don’t push em sideways do you???,

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#12 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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#13 posted 03-21-2018 11:37 PM

Thanks for everyone’s input. I’ll be relieving the edges.

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