Henry Taylor Swan Neck Chisel

henry taylor swan neck chisel
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Henry Taylor Swan Neck Mortice Chisel Review By: I.Ball

Category: Mortice Chisels

Manufacturer: Henry Taylor Tools

Tool Type: Swan Neck Chisel


This Henry Taylor Swan Neck Mortice Chisel review covers the Swan Neck Chisel produced by Henry Taylor Tools of Sheffield, England.

The Henry Taylor Swan Neck Chisel is a specialist traditional chisel designed for cleaning the bottom of mortices.

This style of chisel has been around for a long time, certainly since the 1800's, the old swan neck chisels used to be big, heavy duty versions.

The Swan Neck Chisel has gone by different names through its history including Goose Neck Chisel and Mortice Lock Chisel.

henry taylor swan neck chisel

The Henry Taylor Swan Neck Chisel is available in sizes:

    - 1/4" (6mm)
    - 5/16" (8mm)
    - 3/8" (10mm)

The length of these blades are approximately 135mm.

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

These chisels are made from the long standing Henry Taylor Tools who have been making hand tools since 1834.

henry taylor swan neck chisel

The chisels are made using traditional techniques coupled with modern heat treatment and finishing techniques with the blade being carefully forged, correctly hardened and tempered to give a blade that holds a good edge.

The chisel is fitted with a darkly finished hardwood handle with a contrasting bright brass ferrule.

The handle is given the red Henry Taylor 'Diamic' brand sticker which sits richly against the dark handle.

These chisels are made by hand through a series of processes and not in a factory conveyor belt production machine / drop stamping mould. They may vary very slightly from chisel to chisel due to the traditional way in which they are made.

henry taylor swan neck chisel

Knowing the history and knowing by buying this tool you are keeping this history and traditional craftsmanship going really adds an extra aura to the tool each time you use it.

Having been to the Henry Taylor factory, I can safely say the tools are made using old techniques, traditional tools and old machinery with the glowing molten metal being bashed by a worker wearing thick round goggles, Henry Taylor are keeping the golden age of Sheffield tool making alive.

Usually supplied in a plastic sleeve.

Henry Taylor Swan Neck Mortice Chisel Product Codes: F70, F71, F72

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.

Manufactured Dates

? - Today


- Henry Taylor Tools.


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