What’s wrong with this picture?

Hi again faithful reader,

Umm, as the title says, what’s wrong with this picture?

(Apologies to Tom, I couldn’t not let this one get an airing.)

Answer tomorrow, unless it’s too obvious and someone spills the beans early…


9 comments to What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Jim Belair

    The chisel socket will split the handle.

  • Matthew Groves

    The 50 degree bevel?

  • Steve Mitchell

    It’s a new chisel, so the bevel/edge are not ready out of the box (maybe?), but the handle looks too long for a bench chisel (even if the hoop is not set) and there is something to the right and below the brand stamp that may be a flaw?

  • Hi Matthew,

    The bevel looks to be steeper than usual, but not more than 35 degrees, so no.


    It is new, and the edge is ‘factory’ so it’s got an edge, but needs sharpening of course. The handle is a little longer than looks right, and yes there is a small flaw below the stamp. But they’re not what’s wrong with the picture.

    A hint, this chisel was a special order (which is why the flaw was allowed, it’s small and won’t affect the performance. Making another to correct a blemish wasn’t reasonable) and made for use on oak.

    I think that might help, without giving the game away. The ‘answer’ picture is astonishing…

    Good luck,


  • Jim,

    I don’t know what it is, but your comments always get axed by the spaminator…

    Umm, no, the socket won’t split the handle. Not on this one. Cored white oak, which is kind of like having the good, tough red oak, and cranking the toughness up to 12. Rived stock, no run out in the grain and extra spring in the wood as well. Tough stuff, and for this chisel, tough is absolutely necessary. This chisel is made to work.


  • Bernd

    if the angle is not more than 35 degrees, maybe the iron is very thin?

  • Hi Bernd,

    The iron in the chisel might be a lot of things, but ‘thin’ is not one of them…

    (Almost gives it away!)

    Answer in a few hours…


  • Kipnich

    Why would a paring chisel/slick need a hoop?

  • Umm, it’s not a paring chisel. It’s a ‘tataki-nomi’ which means it’s not just meant to be hit, but to have the stuffing pounded out of it, every day.

    A paring chisel is much lighter than this one, less than half the weight and much thinner in the blade. The chisel is a monster, in every dimension you look at.

    It’s meant to be used to make and clean up framing sized joinery, so it makes sense to have a chisel that’s similar to the small oire-nomi, only scaled up.