Robert Sorby Paring Chisel

robert sorby paring chisel
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Robert Sorby Paring Chisel Review By: I.Ball

Category: Paring Chisels

Manufacturer: Robert Sorby

Tool Type: Paring Chisel


This Robert Sorby Paring Chisel review covers the Paring Chisel produced by Robert Sorby of Sheffield, England.

The Robert Sorby Paring Chisel is a traditional chisel with a long bevel edged blade used for paring thin slivers of wood in a controlled manner.

The Robert Sorby Paring Chisel is made with a forged special Sheffield alloy steel blade and a strong Boxwood carver pattern handle.

The blade tapers towards the cutting edge and the blade is of bevel edge design allowing access to difficult corners.

robert sorby paring chisel handle

The blade is marked 'Robert Sorby, Sheffield, England' along with the size.

The Boxwood handle is signed in red with the 'Robert Sorby' name.

The Robert Sorby Paring Chisel is available in sizes:

  - 1/2" (13mm)
  - 3/4" (19mm)
  - 1" (25mm)
  - 1 1/4" (32mm)
  - 1 1/2" (38mm)

robert sorby bevel edge paring chisel

This Sorby paring chisel was available in sizes 1/4" and 3/8" up until 2018/2019.

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

Usually supplied in a plastic sleeve.

Sorby is a tool making name steeped in history which has links to cutlers / metalwork back to the 1600's.

There have been different Sorby manufacturer marks over the years with different family lineage. The Robert Sorby name lineage has been recorded as making tools back in the early 1800's.

robert sorby paring chisel

robert sorby paring chisel

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.

Chisel Dimensions

Blade Length:
230mm approx.

Overall Length:
375mm - 395mm approx.

Manufactured Dates

? - Today

Robert Sorby Paring Chisel Updates / History / News

The Robert Sorby Paring Chisel - News Updates / Historical Updates:

2018/2019 - The Sorby Paring Chisel 1/4" and 3/8" were removed from production.


- Robert Sorby


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