Stanley Works will unveil a new premium bevel-edge chisel this year that bears some similarities to the company’s vaunted Everlasting line of chisels that were made between 1911 and 1942.
Like the Everlasting chisels, the new Stanley chisels will have the blade, head and shank made from one piece of solid steel with wooden scales. The vintage Everlastings were a little different in that the wooden handles completely surrounded the steel shank. The new chisels will have the beech scales infilled into the steel, much like a H.D. Smith perfect-handled screwdriver.
Stanley officials said the chisels will be made from high-carbon steel hardened to 59-62 on the Rockwell “c” hardness scale. The tools will be hand-finished and be available in the following sizes: 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″. The tools will be sold individually or in boxed sets of four and six sizes, officials said. They will be available only in woodworking specialty stores. Estimated pricing for the individual chisels is $17.99 to $19.99 each.
Company officials released the two computer renderings shown above. Production models are not yet available for testing.
Stanley has been testing prototypes of this chisel with woodworkers and builders, and 74 percent of those who used it said they’d consider switching to this tool. Because of its heavy-duty construction, Stanley officials said the tool will be ideal for both workshop and installation work.
From a furniture-making perspective, woodworkers will be interested in how narrow the side bevels of these chisels will be. Narrow side bevels are ideal for hand-dovetailing. It’s hard to tell from a computer rendering what the tool will look like in steel, so I wouldn’t make too much of the illustrations.
Also, many chisel users are keenly interested in how long their chisels will hold an edge. In my book, Stanley has always done well in this department. The yellow-handled Stanley U.K. chisels have always maintained a terrific edge for me. And the company’s FatMax chisels have also been surprisingly durable and easy to sharpen (I have a set at home).
We’ll obtain a set of these new chisels as soon as we can and report all the details. The chisel market is a crowded one (just open any woodworking catalog), so the quality of these new tools will be closely watched by competitors and consumers.
Also, a Stanley official sent me updated computer renderings of the company’s new line of premium handplanes that we reported on here. There have been a couple changes to the details, particularly in the shoulder plane. I’ve posted these new renderings below.
The standard-angle block plane.
The low-angle block plane.
The low-angle jack plane.
The No. 4 smoothing plane.
The shoulder plane.