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Congratulations to our two winners (notified in the comments below): dau300wsm and cam2705 – and thank you again to Lee Valley for allowing us to give away these two Veritas Mortise Chisels.

James McConnell (of The Daily Skep), wrote a tool review of the new Veritas mortise chisels for the April issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. He gave a workout to both an A2 and a PMV-11 blade, both in the 1/4″ size – and (spoiler alert) – he didn’t see a lot of difference in use, but was able to get the PMV-11 a bit sharper more quickly. And he likes the rounded heel of the blade. Click here to read his full review.

Lee Valley kindly offered to let us give away these chisels – I’d call them “gently used”…but there’s really no way to use a mortise chisel both gently and effectively – to two lucky readers. So if you’re interested in winning one,  leave a comment below by 12 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 3. (Note: If this is your first time commenting on our site, I have to “approve” your comment before you’ll see it – but don’t fret – I will check the approval queue regularly, with a brief hiatus overnight to sleep….)

I’ll choose randomly from among the respondents to select the two winners at around 12:30 p.m. EST on Friday, and update this post with the winners. And apologies in advance, but it’s luck of the draw not only as to winning, but as to which tool each winner gets – they are both sharp and pointy and work well.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • BenRiniker

    I am in!

  • Willy638

    Please put my name in the hat!

  • woodworkjay

    I’m working on a project now with 28 mortise and tenon joints using bench chisels. A nice mortise chisel would certainly come in handy. Count me in to win!

  • Ctringo

    I would love a Veritas mortise chisel !

  • mill_cottage_atelier

    I’ve been looking at these. Megan, could you please return one of these to the country where it was made? 😉 Thank you!

  • mukaida88

    Please float one of those beautiful sharpies to me in Honolulu.

  • frossm

    Please enter me in. I’ve been looking at their chisels!

  • Bvincz

    Oh pick me! I would love to own these!

  • Tool Editor

    I do need one, thanks.

  • KeithG

    I was just checking these out on their site. I’ll throw my hat in!

  • aalgier

    I really prefer the 1/3 and 2/3 chisels, but 1/4 should work great too

  • Mac

    I usually cut mortises with a router bit but I am not afraid to try using a quality chisel

  • al123

    Who would not want a great chisel?

  • dau300wsm

    I have been debating which metal to get. I have a few PVM-11 plane blades and haven’t noticed much of a difference.

  • mbbrogan

    Count me in, I love contests.

  • agenkin

    These chisels look very nice, would love to own them.

  • Rexus7

    I could really use a mortising chisel.

  • Blockheaded

    Cool. I’m keen to try the veritas chisels.

  • Jesse T

    My Patrick Leach sourced 1/4″ vintage mortising chisel is too pretty to use. Please allow me the privilege of beating the snot out of one of these (I have the 1/2″ and it’s fantastic)

  • norb kelly

    I like the way PMV-11 behaves more like O-1. I have had trouble with A2 secondary bevels chipping in hard maple.
    I liked the rounded heel on these the first time I saw them, and wanted to try one out. Never got that far, maybe this is the time to get lucky!

  • indelicatow

    I would like to have a mortise chisel for my use, but I’m wondering why some people say 1/4″ is the most useful size? I thought mortises should be 1/3 the size of the joining rail, so that means an average size of 3/4″ material. I would have figured standard furniture was sized a bit larger?

  • nwcrowell

    Looking to add the first mortise chisel to my toolbox!

  • bleedinblue

    In on this. I need to add a mortise chisel or two to my anemic hand tool collection.

  • Derrick

    How can you not enter for this. I would love the chance to win one. Please count me in.

  • trs

    YES YES YES — I shore do like them.

  • JAPence

    Well, you’ve finally done it… my first comment after lurking in the shadows for years.

  • Petert

    please count me in!

  • Aarontoddalden

    Thanks James, Megan, and Popular Woodworking!

  • Loves2ski

    Count me in!

  • John

    I’ve heard great things about those Veritas chisels and would love to give one a try!

  • Jbmandell

    Please randomly select me.

  • iampapabear

    An opportunity to own and use a genuine Veritas mortise chisel, YES PLEASE, count me in!!

  • minty

    That would be very handy!

  • tdibiasio

    Please add me to the drawing for this cool chisel…

  • jim

    I’m in… fingers crossed.

  • Mike63502

    I would love to start my Veritas collection.

  • mikebarber

    ooooo, i could certainly use a 1/4″ mortise chisel (i’m slowly building my hand tool arsenal). i’ve thus far been attempting to mortise with my regular chisels and auger bits. :-p

    i’ve been very curious to read other people’s experiences with A2 and PMV blades, too.

  • Duci

    One more who is just getting into woodworking and would appreciate a fine tool like these chisels are. Thanks for giving these away.

  • alpen

    Yes Please.

  • Jim Dee

    Please enter me for a chance to WIN. I am not sick of winning yet. Far from it. Perhaps this means I am actually not an American.

  • GladTidings

    Oh, yaaaaaaa…. need that!

  • Dave

    These chisels look great, I’d love to try one out.

  • Mike

    Random comment submitted for random drawing. Cheers!

  • dlaughren

    add me to the draw please

  • Guy

    Nice chisel. If I win, give it to Lodgei. It’s a good start for a beginning woodworker.

  • Tim Holiner

    Love Veritas. This would go great with my planes.

  • Bjroof

    Thanks for the give away, count me in

  • Peter.spencer

    I’ve never used an actual mortising chisel… always just made do with my Marples. I’d love to use one of these. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  • Deanschimmel

    Put my name in the hat please.

  • pmac

    I’m in. Would love, fingers crossed, the pmv11 but beggars can’t be choosers. Also curious how many new people you had to approve when all is said and done.

  • Peter Travis

    Thanks, Megan!

  • grg3

    Count me in! I need another sharp pointy thing.

  • Lodgei

    Wow, what a great way to get started in woodworking! I’d love to give the 1/4 a go count me in!

  • ragill

    I would love to use one of these chisels on a project O am working on. Please!

  • jshroyer

    Looking forward to getting my copy of the magazine!

  • IceT

    I’d like to add one of these to my tool set. Count me in. Thanks

  • TheKid17

    Thank you for the opportunity. I was just beginning research on mortise chisels. I cannot afford a machine. This would be an excellent start as I gain more experience working with wood. Thanks again.

  • Bill Lattanzio

    Nice! Count me in.

  • Garybergeron17

    I admire your work meghan

  • WoodyHg

    A small mortise chisel would be a great addition to my toolset.

  • gtrboy77

    Count me in on the drawing. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to try a Veritas chisel. I’ve heard they’re quite nice.

  • TigerTed

    Please send my way.. Have a project with 30 1/4″ mortises coming up.. I’ll let you know how they really hold up!

  • jgtb

    I’d love one of those Veritas chisels – it would be very interesting to see how it compares to my 1/4″ Eskilstuna

  • Sullivans Papa

    It would be a handy addition to my bench chisels!

  • gehentogo

    Pick Me!

  • Jonas Jensen

    Something is rotten in the State of Denmark. “Jonas needs a chisel to carve it out.”

    Megan will direct it to come his way.

    Shakespeare might be on to something here 🙂

  • Weber58

    Awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • DarkPhoenixe

    I’d love to have a chance to get one of those.

  • jlm_in_ak

    Yes, please.

  • Cnix

    Nice! Would love one of these chisels. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  • Obbe

    Chisel me in! 🙂

  • haucker

    I could use either mortise chisel. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • SnakeByte

    Nothing fancy or cute to say except I’d love to have one.

  • erikhinkston

    Yes please, I have 4 of the bench chisels in PMV11

  • crose85

    Would be super happy with either of these!

  • wdecker

    I’d love to give one of these a try. Thanks lee valley

  • dczward

    Whoot! Chisel me.

  • Marsh5102

    I would absolutely love to get my hands on these beauties

  • jsilverman

    I’d love to check out one of those chisels.

  • David

    Yes, please. Thanks for distributing your test tools.

  • Red Beard

    I’ve been looking at purchasing these. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to win. Very awesome! Count me in.

  • JBignell

    I’ll put my name in. Thanks for doing this!

  • derekwtaylor

    I can find a good home for one of those chisels!

  • a2bob

    Sure, I could use one.

  • FlyingHWoodworks

    I would love to try one of these.

  • michael9318

    Cool tool for a fool like Michael (Poetry)

  • Therealjared

    Would love one of the Canadian mortise chisels. Do some mortises a bit easyier then using a regular bench chisel.

  • Bern

    I’ll take one. Mighty kindly of you guys!!

  • adamschmidgall

    I would love a chisel!!!! Yes!!!

  • Paul Chiasson

    i’m in!
    Very kind of you.

  • lemonstr

    Yes please!

  • elintz

    I don’t have a mortise chisel yet. This chisel is on my list.

  • miathet

    Thank you for sharing! I would love one.

  • Robertgarner88

    I could definitely use one!

  • nyeman01

    They look like nice tools, just what I have been looking for. Thanks!

  • Bill Houghton

    Yes, yes, winning one of those would be a nice treat!

  • johnclaus


  • ghumphrey

    Very thoughtful of you,…… Thanks!

  • jtoulon

    Can’t beat Lee Valley or Popular Woodworking. My wife and I recently celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary. I surprised her with a trip to Victoria, BC, selected the location partially so I could go to Lee Valley. Joke was one me, she spent more money than I did while we were there!

  • terrynjon

    I would be very happy to win one. Thanks.

  • Goodwin

    This just might be the day it pays,
    To check this blog every two days,
    To win a new chisel,
    Would make me scream and whistle,
    And let me join this hand mortising craze


  • Brad B

    I could always us another chisel. Thank you.

  • jmjenk

    I would like one of them beautiful chisels!

  • neronzo

    I would love to try one of these!

  • Sprehe

    Count me in

  • jgust74

    I would like to win one of these

  • Dwbuck55

    I have been doing all my mortise holes with a standard beveled chisel. I could really use one of these! Cheers!

  • StateofRestoration

    I’d love to win one of these to add to my newly started chisel collection!

  • brandond03

    Yes please

  • resaw111

    It will look good with 7 other pigstickers


    Ohhh, I could use one of these! Either one!

  • jonnoell

    Yes please. I could definitely use one of those. Thanks for sharing.

  • waldo73

    Please! If you don’t mind…

  • davemcghee

    Thank you so much for offering these to your readers. I would definitely love to try one out.

  • pntrfnmb

    Please consider me for one of these chisels.

  • BassBone59

    I love my Veritas bench chisels; would love to try one of their mortise chisels.

  • DavisFarris

    Yes please! Winning this would be awesome!

  • Mtuepker

    If course I need a 1/4″ mortise chisel! Thanks to both you and Lee valley for the give away.

  • Lostenspace

    new reader here. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

  • Gavin

    Excellent! Putting my hat in the ring, and thank you!

  • jqlouie

    I would really like to experience the Veritas Mortise Chisel, because, drill, drill, drill, and then pare is how I’ve been working for a very long time. Change could be interesting and fun.

  • 7-Thumbs

    Why yes, I could always use yet another chisel. One of these would be just wonderful to have. Thanks for offering.

  • Sean_R

    Throw my name in the hat!

  • Inspignant

    Wow, there are many deserving people that have posted. I too would love the opportunity to own some good tools again. I’m slowly trying to start acquiring tools again. I had a full woodshop, powermatic table saw, jet thickness planer and jointer, Grizzly drill press…. Goodness the list goes on and on. I sold every bit of it in order to get my beautiful wife and kids here to the US. It took me three years and a lot of hard work. I can say that I am a happy man now that they are finally here and I would do it all again for my family. But at the same time, a man loves his hobby and his passion. I have only started to re-acquire the basics just so I can start building again. By trade, I’m a cabinet builder for VIP corporate jets and helicopters. I can say though, it’s difficult to build such beautiful monuments for work but not be able to come home and build the quality of furniture my family I know would love and deserve. Thanks for the opportunity and Good luck to everyone.

  • mgiles

    Yes, I would like to be entered.

  • mgiles

    Yes, I would like to be entered in the lot.

  • connell100

    I would like to get my name on this list. It’s been on a lot of others not so lofty.

  • Callen

    My wife bought me a set of Lie-Nielsen bevel edge chisels for Christmas the year I went to The Landing School for boat building. But I don’t have any mortise chisels. I could put your Veritas chisel to work very nicely.

  • cams2705

    Hoping to win so I can continue “gently” using one of these.

  • Chunger

    Pointy is good. 😀

  • Pleasanton

    Shamma lamma ding dong mortise for me

  • Goodbyedearsun

    I’d love to have one of those!

  • Mike890

    Hi Megan, hello from NZ. Would love to try one of these. a bit hard to get hold of ‘down under’. Regards, Mike

  • DeepFriedWoodworks

    I would love to give one of these a try!

  • JMAW Works

    If I win I promise not to poke my eye out with the pointy end.

  • Ilsa

    I’d love one!! Love the blog.


    I could use this. Pushing hard towards hand tools this year.

  • dominic777

    Would be very interested if having the chance to try these!

  • Jessep151

    Wouldn’t mind putting those to use in my garage!!!!

  • mgoldsworthy

    Would love the set!

  • machinehead

    What fortunate timing. Learning with quality tools is so much more enjoyable.

  • KenM

    I’m feeling lucky….

  • Darren Brewster

    I’d love a chance to try one out.

  • semfi75

    “Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!” Not King John…more like the seagulls in Finding Nemo!

  • dpetriew

    I would love to give one of these a try!

  • SyndicateClu

    I’m in. Thanks

  • Contraband

    Would love to win! I have a spot for it on my bench.

  • Golf18t

    I’m in

  • Big Fat Tony

    Beggars can not be choosers, either is better than what I have.

  • keithm

    Ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me! [hand waving in air and butt wiggling in seat]

  • Kwesenberg

    I have never used a Veritas chisel, I would love the opportunity. They make great planes!

  • doomwolf

    I’ll take one. Do you ship to Canada?

  • Rcho

    I’d been eyeing the exact size Veritas mortise chisels for some time now. Winning one would be wonderful!

  • Matt C

    I was looking at these in the Lee Valley catalog today on my lunch break!

  • Kenpul3

    I don’t have any Mortise Chisels yet. I am slowly building my hand tool selection and one of those would be amazing!

  • wonkothesane

    Could you chisel out a place for me in the drawing?

  • MatherWW

    Just starting my wood working hobby would love to add one of these to the tool chest!

  • Wvunplugged

    I love veritas tools. Have none of their chisels.

  • Strakap

    Not a pigsticker? No problem!

  • gregworks

    I just asked for a 1/4 mortise chisel for my birthday! Maybe I’ll have two.

  • Slythytoves

    Dibs! Does that work here?

  • TOB

    68 year old beginning woodworker. Any new tool would be an asset.

  • sbnathanson

    I’m in.

  • bdauser

    I’d love to acquire this Mortise Chisel. I’m still trying to build up my collection of tools and this will be a nice addition.

  • steventucker16

    This Would be my very first mortise chisel I would love to win either one thank you very much !

  • rpconover

    I could really use one of those.

  • johnwoodsurface

    Would love to have one of these!!

  • Rcampbell43

    Pointy and sharp…bring it on!

  • Bob

    Please sign me up!

  • matthewbeesonwoodworking

    Pretty, pretty, pretty please!

  • cjtboy

    Oh, one of those would be nice to add to the Veritas chisel collection!

  • mwmanuel

    I’d love to get one of these. I have a 3/8 and 1/2 Narex, this would complete the trio!

  • Bradford

    This would be nice to add to my tools

  • vrdzygner

    I’ll try and compare to the Narnex chisels.

  • ADadAndHisKids

    A real chisel would be awesome to have to give me a taste of what I need to get in the future.

  • colibas

    I’d love to have a chisel! Thanks to Megan and Lee Valley.

  • Salvador Flores

    I love Veritas tools. For a while I cut my mortises by hand with standard chisels. Then I switched to router but now i want to go back to the chisel method and i think a real mortise chisel will help me get square to the surface (which has been the most difficult thing to me)

  • Seth_Harbison

    I would love some Veritas chisels!

  • jeffreyi

    Winning something would make my day.

  • LMHandworks

    Our students would love to give those a workout.

  • nbreidinger

    I can see an advantage to the PMV-11 in this case. If you’re like me I tend to let me mortise chisels go a lot longer between sharpenings. There’s no real advantage in most applications to worry about a perfect edge, mostly because you damage it with the first whack. Completely different story with a smoothing plane. So surface quality doesn’t matter much but getting back to sharp quick is. So PMV-11 would be worth the extra few bucks in my opinion. Thanks for the giveaway Lee Valley and Popular Woodworking!

  • maxeverything

    Don’t mind if I do…

  • Kevellis

    That ks you for the chance to win. I love my veritas bench chisels.

  • MARoss1248

    Never met a Veritas tool that I didn’t like. Love to try their chisel.

  • Daver

    Megan, I apologize for all the gruff I’ve given you over not completing your PHD. So add my name to the hat.

  • EternalApprentice

    Sharp, sturdy, and well-regarded chisels always have a place in my toolchest. 🙂

  • Alex

    I would love a new mortise chisel.

  • bluegnu

    I am interested in this drawing. Please include my name in this drawing.

  • owenpt

    Please sign me up!

  • Apolansky

    I would love one of these! Just started into woodworking and made my first dovetail blind joints the other day. This chisel would have definitely come in handy, Thank you for the chance!


    Me too, me too!

  • AdamWeigand

    Doh! Sorry to enter twice. It didn’t show up the first time.

  • Gibsonboards

    The chisels look amazing

  • collinbirkett

    Hey! I like chisels….

  • BlueEnamel

    It’s tough to beat a chance to win a quality tool. In a mortising chisel, I’d figure edge durability and toughness would be the most important trait. Also, type of wood makes a difference. Chopping mortises in pine or cedar is significantly different than maple or oak. Pine and cedar are very easy to crush instead of cut, while maple and oak have much harder fibers.

  • KevinAleman

    I love my Veritas tools! Here’s to another!

  • Fargowoodchuck

    Sweet count me in

  • AdamWeigand

    I’d also like to enter.

  • FineWoodTools

    Awesome give away! I’d be interested in one if I was so lucky to be chosen. Thank’s for doing this Megan.

  • cliffgribben

    I would like to try out a product from veritas.

  • wcurran

    Wow, what a great giveaway!!! Thanks Veritas and Megan!

  • mstunkel

    I’ve been needing a 1/4″ chisel! And anything from Veritas for free? Count me in!

  • Cecilmc

    I would love to have the chisel.

  • jonner

    How kind of you (and Lee Valley). I’d love to throw my hat into the ring.

  • dperrott

    95% of my tools are flea market finds. Once I would like something that is in working condition as soon as I receive it.

  • ponytrack

    Just getting into wood working. So far picture frames and smaller projects. But I’d like to get into traditional joinery too!


    I’d love to win one, they small like maple syrup.

  • Pittstopwoodworking

    I was just looking at picking up a mortise chisel today! I’d love a free one though.

  • baermj

    Please, please. Anything but Slytherin, anything but Slytherin.
    Well if you’re sure, better be… Lee Valley!

  • D.nacht

    I will soon be starting my leg & rail project in cabinetmaking school. I’d love to use one of these to make the mortises for my haunch tenons!

  • JWhite

    I’d love to try one of these tools, and add them to my beginnings of a collection

  • bkoons

    I like chisels.

  • b_houf

    I have been eyeing these for months , but could never justify the expense. Winning one would be pretty great.

  • kfairhurst

    Fantastic giveaway!

  • Bdbozyk

    Chisel me, please.

  • Zor

    1/4 mortise chisel is on my short list.

  • atbeckert

    Have always been impressed with Veritas quality and would love to have one of these!

  • Joshuasjots

    I’d love to own either one of these. Thanks!

  • e2designs

    I have only recently started working with hand tools. I would be interested in seeing how this could speed up the mortises I will be making on my work bench project.

  • Chef570

    Count me in ! Love veritas!!

  • Russellville

    A 1/4″ mortise chisel would make the mortises on my furniture projects much better. Would love to have one.
    I’ve been very happy with the products I have from Lee Valley.

  • jwschwarziv

    Put my name in the sorting hat, please.

  • ClayCoffman

    I would love the chisel!!! New to woodworking and slowly building the necessary tools.

  • mpete

    ooooooooo awwww

  • jrburton

    Mortise chisels are needed here!

  • jclayton42

    Looks like another great Veritas tool. I’d love to add one to my others.

  • kdtirrell

    It is an offer I cannot refuse! Thanks Megan!

  • rwyoung

    Comment submitted for approval.

  • Edward Hopkins

    “There’s nothing in this world can make me joy [except a Veritas chisel]:
    Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale
    Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man [unless he be wakened by the winning of a mortising tool];
    And bitter shame hath spoil’d the sweet world’s taste [in lesser chisels]
    That it yields nought but shame and bitterness.”
    – apologies to William.

  • Awethor

    Could use one of these, just getting started, thanks for the opportunity!

  • taycky22

    Mmm, nice chisels. I would love a chance to try the PMV-11.


    I’d love to win one. Thank you for entering me

  • well.executed

    Like everyone here, I’d be excited to receive one of these. I’ve only done mortices with my bench chisels and I’m sure these would be a huge improvement.

  • jlkinsel

    Thanks Lee Valley! I’d love one of those!

  • sirgareth

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these fine chisels, Megan and Lee Valley!

  • harrison17

    Wow, great giveaway!

  • SapwoodStudio

    I’d love to have one of these chisels. Thanks for the promo.

  • CandorLush

    Wow, that would be awesome, it would work great with my Veritas dual marking wheel!

  • Ben Lowery

    That’s very nice of Lee Valley.

  • Longfatty

    Me me me me me, pick me! Pleeeeeeeze pick me.

  • MarkusT


  • jmsidhu

    I would be honored to receive

  • mysandman

    Sweet items. Looking forward to having one.

  • Dean

    Thank you Lee Valley. That is very generous.

  • bwalexander

    I’d be happy to give one of those chisels a home.

  • jrhowell

    They both look great.

  • cbetcher

    One of these would be a great addition to the shop!

  • Dr_Plague

    Really looking into getting into more tenoning and chisel work 🙂

  • jeffko

    I’m still putting together a small home shop, and I’d love to add a mortise chisel to my toolbox!

  • Shawn Nichols

    Ooh, ooh, ooh, pick me! pick me!


  • Scott

    May the heavenly cats grant me the luck needed to win!

  • Lee Chaulk

    Send at least one back to Canada, i’ll kindly accept one!!

  • ncres001

    Chisel me in timbers, I want one!

  • tgrosinger

    I would love to win one of these.

  • Grant3

    I’d love to have either one.

  • MGTC Jim

    Very Nice! I would love to add one to my tool chest!

  • JimF

    Lucky me. I think I might win one of these.

  • PS

    I could use a 1/4″ mortise chisel

  • John Griffin-Wiesner

    Those chisels look swell.

  • festus77

    Just starting to chop mortises by hand in smaller cabinets (have been using 5″16″ in 7/8″ boards). This would be perfect !!!

  • josephtjohnson

    Either chisel, I would be a proud owner.

  • corgimas

    oh, those would be great to have gently used or new!

  • Michael

    So sad that we live in a world where you have to caution people that a chisel is sharp.

  • Clementsm

    Who can say no to an offer like that?

  • Christopher Fitch

    Hmm…wonder how these compare to my Ray Iles “Pig-Sticker” mortise chisels…

  • kameironin

    Megan, thanks for doing this. I’d like to throw my hat in the ring. 🙂

  • brandonbeaumia

    Yes! The most useful size, and you can’t go wrong with anything Veritas. Though, I’m very glad there wasn’t a big difference in performance between A2 and PMV-11: makes it easier to purchase the cheaper version without feeling like I’m missing out.


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