For years I have been attracted to tools that were uniquely
British... the infills... the wooden moulding planes and perhaps
the most unique...the "delicately" named "pig sticker".
This type of mortise chisel shouts "mean and nasty" and its bark
truly is as sharp as its bite!!
Recently... the English mortise chisel, to give it its correct
name, has been the focus of new interest... due in no small part
to the folks at
Tools For Working Wood and the great toolmaker
Ray Iles... so I have placed a link at the bottom for anyone
interested in further reading.
My small selection amassed from Kentish fields for a quid a pop
or latterly from eBay nearly as cheaply are revered a little
more now I have seen the price of new ones!!
My makers vary... some are very old, some only perhaps a tad
newer but they all still work for their keep... as do all my old