Buying a Chisel

When buying chisels, you will usually find a set of 4 or a set of 6. The set of 4 includes the 4 most common sizes listed below and the set of 6 includes the two additional sizes:

  • ¼” (6mm)
  • ½” (12mm)
  • ¾” (18mm)
  • 1” (25mm)

and 2 additional sizes

  • ⅜” (10mm)
  • 1¼” (32mm)

Some chisels come with a plastic handle and some have a wooden handle, this is down to personal preference. If you choose to go for plastic handles, ensure they are made with impact resistant, unbreakable plastic only, not the ones with a rubberised grip. Some come in boxes, leather or cloth wraps, it is not necessary to get these if you already have a place to store them. Places such as Amazon and eBay sell the Faithfull brand and they should cost you between £20-30 for a set of 6, slightly more if they come in a box/wrap. Some are described as bevelled edged butt chisels, these are just a shorter version of the bevel edged chisels and are less balanced in the hand than full-sized chisels.

Here are some things you should look out for when buying chisels:

  • Metal capped chisels are made for heavier carpentry work where carpenters generally use steel hammers, some with pyramid patterns forged into the hammer face. This geometric pattern will damage both plastic and wooden handles and so the steel cap was introduced to protect the handle. The combination of steel caps and steel hammers can be noisy and less pleasant to work with.
  • Chisels with rubber gripping on the handles have a tendency to disintegrate after even a short time of use and you can end up with messy edges on the rubber grips, making them difficult to work with.


🇬🇧/🇺🇸We purchased a Set of 6 MHG Chisels in paper box (click on the link and scroll down to find them) for €59.00 (excl. VAT) and in addition the size 2mm and 4mm (both €9.10 (excl. VAT) ) in August 2021. They are also suitable to order from the US. The chisels are great quality and had the ground bevel of the cutting edge fully ground all the way to the edge. Paul often recommends the ‘Aldi Chisels’, however, we cannot recommend these as the stock is seasonal and inconsistent. Paul thinks these are very similar in design and quality to the Aldi chisels he so highly recommends.

We also purchased this Faithfull Bevel Chisel Wooden 6 Piece set from Amazon for £36.90 in November 2017, and found that the ground bevel doesn’t go all the way to a developed cutting edge which resulted in a steep second bevel. The bevels on the Faithful chisels are ground to the correct angle (25°), however they will need some extra abrading work before they can be used, the steep, square secondary bevel needs to be ground to a 30° angle as shown in the picture. This can take up to 15 minutes per wider chisel using abrasive paper (it will be quicker if you have diamond stones). You can read more about Paul’s findings on this set of Faithful chisels here.

Chisel bevel diagram
Faithful Chisels on workbench

Further Reading

To read more on chisels, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:

Chisel Unsurpassed

So Many Chisel Choices

Questions on Chisels- Japanese, Western?

A UK Chisel I Like

Buying Good Tools Cheap- Starter Chisels UK

Robert Sorby Chisels Compete With The Best

Which Chisels Should You Buy?

Bevel- Edged Chisels or Heavy Mortise Models?

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    When buying chisels, you will usually find a set of 4 or a set of 6. The set of 4 includes the 4 most common sizes listed below and the set of 6 includes the two additional sizes: ¼” (6mm) ½” (12mm) ¾” (18mm) 1” (25mm) and 2 additional sizes ⅜” (10mm) 1¼” (32mm) Some

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  1. Byron Stephen Wiseman on 10 January 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Paul and Lizzy,

    I finally found a set of Aldi chisels and would like to replace the ferrules like Paul has done. I looked on the blog about them and Paul said he bought brass tube on the internet. Could you please forward the source and diameter/size of tube that will work?

    Many Thanks,

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 11 January 2019 at 2:39 pm

      H Stephen,

      Paul says any brass ferrules will work, the diameter will depend on the chisels you bought (Paul’s Aldi Chisels are 10 years old and manufacturing production may have changed).

      Kind Regards,

  2. Byron Stephen Wiseman on 12 January 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Izzy,

    Makes sense. I did find ferrules at Workshop Heaven as well in different sizes.

    Thanks so much for all of the help,

  3. Sergey Tyukin on 18 January 2019 at 5:41 am

    I went to the link for MHG Chisels and they have standard MHG chisels and MHG chisels with side bevels ground down to the chisel face . Two types sold separately. Which one should I get? Thank you!

  4. Jeffrey Boudreaux on 24 July 2019 at 5:10 am

    I bought a nice set of chisels but the “3/4” inch one is 20mm and the largest one is 26mm should i buy a 3/4 and a 1 inch or can i make these work?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 25 July 2019 at 10:19 am

      Hi Jeffrey,

      Paul says:
      You can make them work because there’s so little difference between the two types and you will always set your gauges to the chisel anyway.

      Kind Regards,

  5. Randall Todd on 13 August 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I clicked on the link to buy a set of MHG chisels. I wanted the standard chisels with the ash handles. I had the 6, 10, 12, 18, and 25mm sizes in my cart. It seems that the company won’t sell to the US if the total bill is less than 100,00 EUR. I realize you can’t control what other companies do. Just letting you know that you can’t buy these chisels if you live in the USA.

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