For this post, I have put together a collection of the best wood chisels currently available.
UPDATED: August 22, 2019.
A chisel is a tool with a shaped blade on its end, for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood. The handles are typically made of wood or polypropylene. Chiselling involves forcing the blade into some material to cut it. The driving force may be applied by hand, or a mallet or hammer.
Woodworking chisels range from small hand tools for tiny details, to large chisels used to remove big sections of wood, in 'roughing out' the shape of a pattern or design. Also, it is helpful for making finishing touches after the using a wood router.
Typically, in woodcarving, one starts with a larger tool, in some cases even a wood axe is used and gradually progresses to smaller tools to finish the detail.
Note that the standard wood chisel or “bench chisel” is different than a turning tool used for a wood lathe. Typically a lathe chisel has a longer tang length for strength, for turning wood at high speed.
The following wood chisels use the latest innovative components to meet your needs and help to ensure you do your best work.
So here is my list of The 10 Best Wood Chisels.
1. DEWALT 3-Piece Side Strike Wood Chisels
DEWALT 3pc Side Strike Chisels Set featuring 1/4", 3/4", and 1" blades.
Cutting edge on side of blade for demolition work and for use as a scraper.
Hardened strike cap and large side strike surface for durability.
Hardened, tempered carbon chrome steel blade for edge retention.
Serrated cutting edge for added convenience.
Curved, bi-material handle for comfort.
Handle Length 5.25"Chisel Tip Style Wood/Side Strike
Blade Width (in) 3/4", 1", 1-1/4".
Check out this video overview of the DEWALT Side Strike Chisels Set:
2. Narex 6-Piece Wood Chisels
Blades are made from fine-grained, tempered chrome-manganese steel and hardened to Rc 59.
Blades are accurately ground and have a slimmer cross section.
These chisels are an excellent value in a good quality tool.
This is a 6 piece set that contains the following sizes:
6 mm (1/4), 10 mm (3/8) 12 mm (1/2), 16 mm (5/8) 20 mm (13/16) and 26 mm (1 1/32). They are ground at a 25 degree bevel.
Blades are 4 3/4 to 5 1/2 inches long.
Handles are black stained and lacquered European Beech are 5 1/2” long.
Overall sizes range in length from 10 1/ inch to 11 inches.
Blades have well-seated heavy steel tangs and handles have 2 ferrules to withstand vigorous mallet work.
Includes wooden presentation box.
3. Irwin Tools 6-Piece Marples Wood Chisels
IRWIN Marples Woodworking chisels are constructed with a high carbon, hardened steel blade for improved sharpness and superior performance.
Sharpened to 58-61 HRC, these woodworking chisels retain their edge and stay sharper longer than previous IRWIN Marples woodworking chisels.
The slim handle makes these chisels more comfortable to use and increases control.
Crafted for precise accuracy, these chisels can be used with a mallet or the palm of the hand.
This set includes 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", and 1" chisels and a wooden carrying case.
4. Narex 4-Piece Wood Chisels
Blades are made from fine-grained, nicely tempered chrome-manganese steel and hardened to Rc 59.
This is a 4 piece set contains the following sizes:
6 mm (1/4"), 12 mm (1/2"), 20 mm (13/16") and 26 mm (1 1/32").
Ground at a 25 degree bevel.
Blades are 4 3/4" to 5 1/2" long.
Handles are lacquered European Beech are 5 1/2” long.
Overall sizes range in length from 10 1/8" to 11".
Blades have well-seated heavy steel tangs.
Handles have two ferrules to withstand vigorous mallet work.
5. VonHaus 8-Piece Wood Chisels
The VonHaus 8 Piece Chisel Set is perfect for a range of woodworking tasks around the home or workshop, making it a fantastic addition to any toolbox.
Each chisel features a high quality, precision ground chrome vanadium steel alloy blades – heat treated for strength and durability while wood carving.
Ergonomic handles for improved grip and control.
Chisel sizes included:
1 x 1/4"
1 x 1/2"
1 x 13/16"
1 x 1"
1 x 1-1/4"
1 x 1-1/2"
Includes a honing guide and aluminum oxide sharpening stone (120/200 grit).
Narrow side bevels allow for quick and precise flattening and sharpening.
Supplied in a blow molded plastic storage case.
6. Stanley 5-Piece Wood Chisels
This five piece Bailey chisel set is perfect for the serious woodworker who demands perfection.
Designed with stained beech handles and an upgraded brass ferrule.
Improved blade finish with new grinding centers.
5 piece set includes the following sizes:
1/4-Inch (6mm), 1/2-Inch (12mm), 3/4-Inch (19mm), 1-Inch (24mm), and 1-1/4-Inch (32mm).
7. DEWALT DWHT16063 4-Piece Wood Chisels
Hardened, tempered chrome carbon-steel blade for edge retention.
Hardened strike cap for durability.
Blade lacquered for corrosion protection.
Ergonomically designed bi-material handle for comfort and protection.
Handle Length: 5.25in
Wood chisel tip style.
8. Stanley 16-791 4-Piece Wood Chisels
The Sweetheart line socket chisels are based on the classic 750 design.
Machined from high carbon steel, the Sweetheart chisels sharpen easily and retain a razor-sharp edge over long periods of use.
Side bevels are extra narrow for working in tight corners.
Helps the user to avoid inadvertent marring of the work when precise cuts are critical.
Designed for striking and paring, the hornbeam handle provides a comfortable feel that transfers energy effectively when struck by a mallet.
Provides a wide butt end, or large sweet spot, for striking accuracy.
Set includes the following sizes: 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", and 1", chisels and a leather pouch.
9. WORKPRO 3-Piece Wood Chisels
These general-purpose bench chisels feature durable Chrome vanadium blades with heat treated for edge retention.
Bi-material handles that stand up to hammer and mallet blows.
Steel butt designed for heavy pounding with a hammer or mallet.
Bevel Edge for woodworking carving multi-purpose use, suitable for - All soft wood, hard wood and laminated wood products.
Ergonomic bi-material handle for great comfort and non-slip control.
A sharp wood chisel can cut mortises, shave rough surfaces, chop out corners and scrape off glue.
3 different standard blade widths with helpful etched markings displaying size: 3/4", 1/2", 1".
10. Stanley 16-150 3-Piece Wood Chisels
Carbon-steel blade for durability and strength.
Black polypropylene handle resists deformation.
Full size shock absorbing handles.
Features durable precision ground cutting edges.
Heat tempered steel blades.
Lacquer coated to resist rust
Bolster blade washer to distribute load added for strength.
Overall length of chisels is 7-3/4 (199mm).
Set contains: 1/2" (12mm), 3/4" (18mm) & 1" (25mm)
I hope this list of the best wood chisels was helpful.
If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.
Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C