Normal paring chisels have the same width over the entire blade length and are used for delicate touch-ups of tenons, shoulders or scarphs, in short, for nearly all wood joints. Hammers are not needed as a rule; the blade is either pushed by hand or the chisel is tapped lightly with the ball of the thumb. This is not a chisel for vigorous material removal but rather for delicate retouching of essentially finished wood joints in an endeavour to improve the fit. On the fishtail version of paring chisels the blade width tapers rapidly over a length of 20 - 30 mm to a width of about 5 mm. From this point onwards the blade widens again so that it is about 15 mm at the ferrule. This is ideal for reaching undercuts such as swallow tail joints. The face of the blade is ground flat from blade tip to handle which allows for highly accurate manipulation on flat planes.
MHG Fishtail Paring Chisels These new paring chisels from MHG come with an oiled ash handle that has two flats on opposite sides to prevent the tool from rolling away.
|Blade width||Blade length||Total length||CodePrice|
|10 mm||140 mm||250mm|
|16 mm||150 mm||260 mm|
|20 mm||160 mm||270 mm|