Bevel edge chisels are perhaps the most popular type of woodworking chisel. They're a favourite of the cabinet maker but ought to find a home in everyone's toolkit. You can't not like these chisels; they feel comfortable whatever your hand size.
Designed by woodworkers
Find out more about the key components of these chisels
Blade, with superior grind
Forged and made of fine-grained, chrome manganese steel and tempered to 59 HRC, for strength and a long-lasting edge. It is then finely ground and finished with a 25° bevel. The superior grind allows greater access into tighter spots, such as the corners of dovetails. All Axminster Rider chisels only require a final honing once received to achieve a fine, long-lasting edge. We would suggest the addition of a 30° micro-bevel, making sharpening much quicker.
These chisels have our signature stainless steel ferrule, making the chisel less likely to split. And, if we may say so, look rather beautiful, especially with our laser marked Rider logo on them! The shock absorbing leather washer sits between the handle and the chisel's bolster.
An extension of the hand, the handle needs to be both comfortable and durable. We've chosen the dense European grown hornbeam; predominantly for its resilience, then sanded it smooth and given it a light oil finish for protection. We've also fitted the wider chisels with a larger handle to maintain balance throughout the range. This makes each size chisel feel just right in the hand. In fact, the more you use the chisels, the more comfortable they will get!
Reviewed by woodworkers
Find out what Sebastian Cox Ltd, Good Woodworking and Woodworking Crafts had to say...
Sebastian Cox Ltd
Our friends at this design studio and workshop based in south east London tell us why they recommend these chisels. We’ve worked closely with them for some time, their design and attention to detail is second to none. They understand the importance of using quality tools.
The Rider chisel represents great value for money
The steel is comparable with that of higher-end tools and they will hold an edge for a good amount of time. We recommend these chisels to our apprentices as a rock-solid investment to start their woodworking career with. The chisels get used for numerous tasks around the workshop. Pairing joints, settling hinges and removing dry glue - chisels in our workshop can get a lot of abuse! The Rider's seem to take this in their stride though and are easily resharpened in minutes.
Woodworkers love wood, so we decided to fit these Rider bevel edge chisels with handles made from dense European Hornbeam, chosen for its resilience. Sanded smooth and given a light oil finish, the Hornbeam has a superb feel in the hand. The wider chisels have slightly larger handles to maintain balance across the range of sizes. It is a subtle difference, but enough to make each chisel feel 'right' in the hand. Each handle ends in a polished stainless steel ferrule with a shock absorbing leather washer between the handle and the chisel’s bolster.
The blades are fine-grained, chrome manganese steel and carefully hardened and tempered to 59 HRC. Sharpened and ground with a 25° bevel, the blades require only final honing to achieve a fine, long lasting edge (we suggest a 30° micro-bevel). In cross section, the blades are slimmer than a standard bevel edge chisel and ground with a narrower land on each side, a little over 1mm. This allows much improved clearance when working into a corner such as cleaning dovetails. The blades are approximately 100mm long with the overall length varying between 265mm to 280mm. European made.
Fine-grained, chrome manganese steel for ultra keen edge
Chisels ground and polished only require final honing
Slim blades allow better clearance when cleaning dovetails
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