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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on November 06, 2014, 11:37 AM

Title: Chisels/Gouges
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on November 06, 2014, 11:37 AM
Guys,

I would like to purchase a sweep chisel to carve out cuts after I remove branches; however, I'm not sure what company to go for and how to sharpen them. Most wood working forums are recommending pfeil's tools. Do any of you guys have experience?

Nick
Title: Re: Chisels/Gouges
Post by: Sorce on November 07, 2014, 05:56 AM
Don't know but a thought.....

   Woodworking tools are for dead dry wood. Quite different than sap filled live wood.
I wouldn't much consider those recommendations.

 You should be pleased with a look at KANESHINs tools. Youve likely read the threads on their excellence.

Sorce
Title: Re: Chisels/Gouges
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on November 07, 2014, 11:31 AM
Thanks Sorce! Your right, everyone is recommending that brand. I looked at their website and noticed they have several chisels. Frankly, they look very similar to woodworking tools. My main concern is buying a tool that is already sharpened.
Title: Re: Chisels/Gouges
Post by: chansen on November 08, 2014, 01:05 AM
Pfeil make very nice chisels.  But, regardless of the brand you choose, you will have to learn how to sharpen the chisel.  Even if you find me that is sharp out of the box, they will get dull very time (generally speaking nicer chisels will hold their edge longer).  Do an internet search for scary sharp. Basically you need a flat surface (think cheap tile) and progressively higher grit sandpaper.  Once you get a good dge on the chisel, you can usually maintain it with less effort.
Title: Re: Chisels/Gouges
Post by: Chrisl on November 08, 2014, 11:08 AM
These are super cheap, very good quality, and good variety of sizes.  I bought the 3mm and 2 6mm's which I cut the handle in half for tight spots. 

http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/Mastercarver-Chisels-Straight-_-Fishtail/products/137/ (http://www.woodcarverssupply.com/Mastercarver-Chisels-Straight-_-Fishtail/products/137/)