Ashley Iles Bevel Edge Chisel

ashley iles bevel edge chisel
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Ashley Iles Bevel Edge Chisel Review By: I.Ball

Category: Firmer Chisels

Manufacturer: Ashley Iles Tools

Tool Type: Bevel Edge Chisel

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This Ashley Iles Bevel Edge Chisel review covers the Bevel Edge Chisel produced by Ashley Iles Tools, England. This chisel is also referred to as the Ashley Iles Bevel Edge Firmer Chisel. See also 'What Is A Firmer Chisel?'

The Ashley Iles Bevel Edge Chisel (Mark II / MK2) is a long-standing traditional woodwork chisel with a standard length, bevel edge blade.

This type of chisel is a good all-round chisel and from what I have observed is the most popular style of chisel amongst woodworkers/carpenters.

Ashley Iles wood chisels are made to traditional standards using traditional techniques and craftmanship. Each chisel blade is forged, ground and tempered in the old way that many of the classic old chisels were made.

ashley iles bevel edge chisel

The chisel is fitted with a colourful hardwood handle which is finished off with a brass ferrule. These Ashley Iles chisels used to be fitted with Bubinga handles (certainly up to the end of 2018), I understand they are now fitted with Padauk handles which looks quite similar to Bubinga.

The Ashley Iles Bevel Edge Chisel (Mark II / MK2) is available in sizes ranging from 1/8" (3mm) - 2" (51mm).

The length of these blades are approximately 115mm - 125mm.

The blades are sold sharp, ready to use out of the packet, some very minor sharpening may be needed.

The blades are marked 'Ashley Iles Ltd, Made In England'.

Cautions / Notes

* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.

- This tool has sharp parts, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing the tool to prevent injury.

What Does The 'Mark II / MK2' Mean?

The bevel edge chisel should have a very slight hollow grind on the rear face however please bear in mind all tools are hand ground.

Ashley Iles History

Ashley Iles Tools have been making tools for generations and still remains a family run business today with Ashley Iles sons Tony and Barry running the show.

Ashley Iles Tools have been making wood carving tools since 1949, not long after World War II, when pattern maker Ashley Iles decided to start making tools himself and the Ashley Iles Tools began.

Until 1967 the tools were made in Sheffield, beyond this the business moved to East Kirkby in Lincolnshire where it still remains today. For more information on the history of Ashley Iles, there is a book called "Memories of a Sheffield Toolmaker, Ashley Iles".

Manufactured Dates

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