FastCap Pocket Chisel
To the working carpenter, Chisels are as essential as Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Maybe even more so. Obviously they're great tools with about a hundred uses (a thousand if you don't mind destroying the edge), but with all of the different tasks they can perform, their length as well as the sharp edge make them difficult in a tool belt.
FastCap has a potential solution to the problem called the Pocket Chisel. Like the name implies, it's a folding chisel that can fit in a pocket. It operates like the pliers function on a Leatherman with the handles folding back over the blade in order to protect it when not in use.
A carpenter friend of ours has one and won't stop talking about it. According to him, it's really lightweight and when the handles are folded back, it can take a hammer hit, just like any chisel. And it can be easily tucked into a tool belt when not in use.
The Pocket Chisel is available in the standard variety of sizes for prices ranging from $15-$20. It's a little more expensive than a standard Marple chisel, but if we were buying a Pocket Chisel, we'd probably only get one, as opposed to the whole set. In our eyes, these aren't going to replace our chisels, but one of them is going to be nice to have on hand.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at July 15, 2009 5:24 AM