Making a Selection of Striking and Struck Type Tools: The Versatility of the Chisel

If you were to take a time machine back in history and got stuck there, you simply could not work as a handyman, plumber, or carpenter. Some of the tools would be totally unrecognisable in those tool chests of the distant past. However, the chisel might still be distinguished.

A Time-Honoured Tool

That is because cave people used stone chisels long ago. Later, bronze chisels were used. From the time of the Ancient Romans until the 1800s, chisels were made out of iron, then ultimately with a layer of steel that was welded to the surface. Wherever you would travel in time, you could recognise the chisel.

How a Basic Chisel Is Used

Today, the chisel is listed under the category of striking and struck tools. These tools include the hammer, bar, and cold or wood chisels. Despite the chisel’s basic look, not all chisels are designed the same. Some are available in a variety of sizes, and the blades and handles can be made differently. It just depends on the purpose of the chisel. A chisel is employed to trim unwanted wood away while the wood is being shaped, or it is used in joinery to finalise the form of a joint and shave off any waste.

The Two Basic Chisel Types

Most chisels that are featured by such companies as Paslode Australia are divided into two kinds of classes. Tang chisels and socket chisels are used. Tang chisels are configured so the tang, or a part of the blade, fits into a handle. In a socket chisel design, a part of the handle fits into the blade. A socket chisel should be used with a mallet, while the tang variety is not struck, but, instead, guided and pushed by sheer muscle power.

Former Chisels

Subdivisions of these two chisel types exist. For example, firmer chisels are all-purpose kinds of wood chisels. The name for these chisels comes from the French verb for the word ‘former,’ which means to shape or form. It comes as no surprise that this type of chisel is used for shaping or forming a workpiece. The blade of a firmer chisel is designed to be flat with parallel sides. It is usually about four inches in length. The handle is usually made of plastic, and the hardware can take the abuse of a mallet.

Mallets are Not Hammers

Don’t think of a mallet as just any old type of hammer, as mallets are not interchangeable with hammers. When a hammer is employed for driving a chisel, the life expectancy of the handle of the chisel will automatically decline. Impact-resistant handles made of plastic usually can stand up to the abuse of a metal hammer. However, it is always better to use a wood mallet with a firmer chisel to be on the safe side.

Whatever the chisel’s use, it is a tool that is both historical and needed by a variety of trades and professions. Along with punches and hammers, it is one of those tools in the striking and struck category that is as indispensable as it is unique.

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