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The Best Mortise Chisels for Woodworking

man using a mortise chisel on wood in his workshopA mortise chisel is a handy woodworking tool to have when trying to create precise, deeper cuts. They are used for heavier chopping of joints because they are strong enough to withstand heavy blows from a mallet. If you’re interested in carpentry, here are some mortise chisels we recommend for you.

What Should you Consider in a Mortise Chisel?

Wood chisels have a variety of features, so here is what you should consider in a mortise chisel:

  • Materials: Consider the materials of the mortise chisels. Durable chisels are built with high-quality wood, strong blades, and steel hoops to maintain use and not split.
  • Blades: Consider if you want blades that come sharpened, or require sharpening before use. Also consider the blade quality and hardness level, for the project you have.
  • Beginner vs. Pro: Some chisels are created with amateur woodworkers in mind; others are created for pros, so consider your skill level before making a purchase.

Best Overall:  GREBSTK Professional Wood Chisel Tool Sets

This wood chisel set includes four sturdy, well-made carving tools ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 inch. The handles are beechwood and the edges are sharp with high hardness. This high-quality chisel is perfect for both amateur and professional woodworking jobs. The blades are chrome vanadium steel and each blade has a cover for when the chisel is not in use. Also included is a kraft paper packaging, suitable for storage or gift delivery.

Best Overall

Best for Budget: Wood Chisel Sets, Basecent Cr-V Professional Wood Chisels For Carpentry

A set of four heavy-duty wood chisels sized from 1/4 inch to 1 inch. The blade hardness is a solid 59 HRC, meaning it will retain the edge for a long time thanks to the chromium-vanadium steel it is made from. These chisels are perfect for hardwoods, softwoods, and laminated woods. They are multi-purpose chisels that can par and chop wood. The handle is made with beechwood and can be tightened with a stainless steel hoop to bear more impact and last for a long time.

Best Premium: Powermatic 1791096 Premium Mortise Chisel & Bits, Set of 4

These mortise chisel bits are made with ground and hardened carbon steel, which provide efficient performance and long life. The extra-long bits are compatible with different mortises and easy to switch out. These chisels make consistently clean cuts with smooth sidewalls. Each cut will be extremely precise with the premium sharpness these bits will provide.

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Powermatic 1791096 Premium Mortise Chisel & Bits (Set of 4)

A mortise and chisel bit set made with hardened carbon steel and compatible with different mortises.

Also Consider: Narex Czech Steel 3 piece set 6 mm, 10 mm and 12 mm Mortise Chisels by Narex

The Narex mortise chisels are made by a small manufacturer in the Czech Republic. The blades are made from fine-grained and nicely tempered manganese steel that’s 59 HRC. The sizes include 6 mm, 10 mm, and 12 mm. The bevel ground is 25 degrees and the handles are a stained, European beechwood. This tool will require sharpening before use and can withstand heavy plows from a mallet.

Also Consider

Narex Czech Steel 3 piece set 6 mm, 10 mm, and 12 mm Mortise Chisels by Narex

Narex mortise chisels that are fine-grained and made with tempered steel.

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