USE/CARE OF HANDTOOLS & MEASURING TOOLS - OD1621 - LESSON 2/TASK 2
b. Types of Chisels.
(1) Woodworker's Chisels. Woodworker's chisels (figure 80) are made
in a variety of sizes ranging from a 1/8 inch blade width up to 2 inches
wide, and with blade lengths from 2 to 6 inches long. Woodworker's chisels
have a beveled cutting edge. The construction of woodworker's chisels is of
either the socket type or the tang end type. The socket type has the blade
and handle socket forged from one piece of high carbon steel. The end of
the handle is inserted into the socket. The tang end type is also forged in
one piece, but the handle is drilled and the tang is inserted into the
handle, which is reinforced with a ferrule or metal band. The socket type
is usually used for very heavy work where a hammer may be used to strike the
hard end of the chisel handle. Tang-type chisels are usually lighter, have
thinner blades than the socket type, and are normally used with hand
(2) Machinist's Chisels.
(a) Flat or Cold Chisels. Flat or cold chisels (figure 81 on the
following page) are made of a good grade of steel with a hardened cutting
edge on one end and rounded off at the other end. The flat or cold chisel
is made in sizes from a 1/4 inch cutting edge up.