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Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 06-12-2019 04:09 PM 457 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2019 04:09 PM

Hey guys and gals, I have an opportunity to purchase a used set of Bailey bench chisels, however, they are the tang type. I’ve read an article stating that tang chisels are for pushing and not hammering. What is your take on this topic. Furthermore, I will probably be performing both methods. In that scenario would it be better to purchase chisels that are socket made?

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#1 posted 06-12-2019 04:22 PM

Buy them if the price is right. Nobody has just one set of chisels, so you’ll be buying more later.

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#2 posted 06-12-2019 04:39 PM

Not sure if there are more that one model/version of the these.

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#3 posted 06-12-2019 05:20 PM

Nah, I disagree with that Floyd. Don’t get me wrong, it has merit and can be a good rule of thumb but, it paints with a pretty broad brush. I have lots of tang chisels that are meant for mallet work. Fact is, tang chisels are more economical to make. But, even aside from that, you get more direct energy transfer to the business end of the chisel through a tang design. If you look at mortise chisels, they’re meant to take more of an ass-kicking than most and they’re nearly always a tang design.

When comparing beatin’ chisels to parin’ chisels, look at the steel. Paring chisels will be thinner and harder. They’ll take one hell of an edge but a few mallet whacks on a hard wood and that edge will fracture. Whoopin’ chisels will be beefier and have a softer temper. They usually have a steeper bevel and won’t take as fine of an edge but they’re edge can withstand more abuse.

If AG linked the right set, they’re intended as all-around bench chisels. You can hit ‘em and you can push ‘em. I don’t have that set so I can’t give a specific recommendation. I can say that I have chisels of the same basic design that hold up just fine under my mallet. I’d say if the price is right, they’re worth a shot.

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