Every woodworker dreams of the big score, especially when searching for chisels. Whether we’re perusing an online auction site, walking through the local flea market, searching an antique store or scouring the tailgate section of a tool-collectors meeting, we love us a chisel deal.
But what is a deal? How do you know if that Bakelite-handled, 1/2” chisel is worth the asking price? Do you know the difference between junk, a good user chisel and one that’s in “mint” condition? The answers to these questions – and many more – puts you in a better position to not waste your money.