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Stanley’s Sweetheart socket
chisels should be for sale in the United States in about six to eight
weeks, according to a company product manager. The chisels are in the
final testing stages in the United Kingdom right now.

The chisels were unveiled at a press conference in June.
Since then, I have been hammered by questions from readers about when
they will be available for sale. I should have a set to evaluate within
the next three weeks.

It’s going to be a Stanley kind of month. I
also am working on reviewing some newer versions of the company’s
handplanes. The company has made some improvements at the factory, and
it shows in the examples I now have. None of these planes have bedding
errors (which is a fatal flaw). The fit and finish has been greatly
improved. So far the only real negative I have is that I think the lever
caps are still flimsy. Does this affect performance? We’ll see.

— Christopher Schwarz

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  • I’ll buy a set and put ’em away in cosmoline. My great great great grand chillunz will be able to fetch a fortune in capital appreciation, eeeeee doggie… If’n they can git that cosmo off, heh, heh heh…


  • Peter

    And look at the paper-thin shavings the chisel produced. Works wood like butter.

    BTW, the handles on those chisels have a distinct Lie-Nielsen look to them. Are they going to be hornbeam also?


  • Jim Koepke

    I sure would like to see how the dovetails shown were chopped out with the chisel shown.


  • Ed

    Any word on what happened to Stanley’s new version of the everlasting chisel, or did they forgo that completely for the socket chisels?

  • ecrusch

    And if Chuck & Dan get too busy, I can handle the testing over flow….

  • Sean

    I wonder how long it will take to flatten the backs?

  • Dan S.

    I will be happy to take some of the testing off your hands as well. 🙂

  • It’s not fair that you forced to do all of the testing. We know how busy you are, with the holidays, bench building, teaching, editing, bench building, blogging, and, of course, bench building. Feel free to send the chisels my way. I’d be happy to put them through their paces.
    OK. Send the planes too.

  • Kurt Schmitz

    Looking forward to the chisels review. Truly hope the ‘New Stanley’ gets these right.


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