Back in my construction days, I struggled keeping a sharp chisel in my apron. First, it was an abusive environment that quickly dulled the chisel. Second, when the chisel was nice and sharp, the cutting tip quickly worked its way through my leather apron, leaving big holes behind.
FastCap’s new Pocket Chisels solve this problem. Available in 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″, $29.95 each, the two-part handle protectively folds over the blade when you’re not using it. I know you’re going to be skeptical about the durability of the handle. Incredibly, this handle can really take a beating. I’ve seen the FastCap folks drive these chisels into a 4 x 4 using a claw hammer, and the handle shows little sign of wear. You can watch the video for yourself on the FastCap web site.
I’m not building houses anymore, but I still see the need for the Pocket Chisels. Instead of my construction apron I keep one in my shop apron. It may not be my chisel of choice for hand-chopped mortises, but it’s very handy for every day shop work.
Never one to let a good idea lie, FastCap has also evolved a Pocket Diamond Sharpener, $29.95, Pocket Putty Knife, $10, and Pocket Combo Putty Knife, $10. The sharpener comes with 300-grit on one side and 600-grit on the other.
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