Mortise Chisels

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What is a mortise chisel?

Mortise Chisels

Mortise chisels are used for ‘chopping out' joints. They are useful for cutting mortise joints because they are strong enough to hold up to heavy blows with a mallet. The handle is normally made of Ash or Beech with a steel hoop at the top to stop it from splitting. It also has a strengthening piece called a ferrule, just like a paint brush, which prevents the handle from splitting at the bottom when it is hit repeatedly by a mallet. The blade is made from tool steel and the bevel is ground to an angle of 30 degrees.



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