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Ashley Iles

Ashley Iles

In the autumn of 1949, a pattern maker named Ashley Iles gave up his day job and set out on his own to make and sell tools. He began by renting a small workshop in Sheffield for five shillings a week and ended up with a factory making carving and woodturning tools with a brand known worldwide. Today the company is run by two of his sons, Tony and Barry, with the help of Tony's wife, Christine, who as Company Secretary, looks after the administrative and clerical details.
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    Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Cabinetmakers Chisels Set of 6

    £155.00

    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs, Ashley Iles Mk2 bevel edged cabinetmakers' chisels are truly in a class of their own.

    Designed and optimised for paring work with a low primary bevel angle of around 22-23 degrees, but we recommend honing a secondary bevel at 30 - 35 degrees for general use.

    Forged from Sheffield O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are indivi...

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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisels Set of 9

    £234.80

    Four short bladed paring chisels with elliptical faces that form an acute angle along the sides of the blade giving  excellent clearance right into the corners of a joint. 
    For tight spots there's a pair of cabinetmakers fishtail skews with tapered blades for better access and sharply skewed cutting edges to trim right into the corners for a clean finish.

    The set includes: 

    • 1/16" (1.5mm
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisels Set of 6

    £154.80

    Four short bladed paring chisels with elliptical faces that form an acute angle along the sides of the blade giving  excellent clearance right into the corners of a joint. 
    For tight spots there's a pair of cabinetmakers fishtail skews with tapered blades for better access and sharply skewed cutting edges to trim right into the corners for a clean finish.

    The set of 6 includes:

    • 1/8" (3mm)
    • 1...
  4. Ashley Iles Pole Lathe Woodturning Tools Set 2

    £119.00

    Like all Ashley Iles tools these woodturning chisels are hand ground entirely by eye, with all edges carefully eased. They are forged from O1 carbon steel, heat treated to RC61 for optimum edge aking and retention.

    Set 2 is a collection of tools for producing larger / longer turnings between centres, if you want to get into a bit of faceplate turning too, add a bowl gouge.

    The set comprises:

    • 1-1/2 inch Shall...
  5. Ashley Iles Pole Lathe Woodturning Tools Set 1

    £115.00

    Like all Ashley Iles tools these woodturning chisels are hand ground entirely by eye, with all edges carefully eased. They are forged from O1 carbon steel, heat treated to RC61 for optimum edge taking and retention.

    Set 1 is a collection of tools for smaller turnings between centres, we recommend these tools as a starter set, you can always add a bowl gouge or some of the larger tools if you want to get more adventurous with your turni...

  6. Ashley Iles Corner Chisel 3/8 inch (9mm)

    £36.50

    The corner chisel or bruzze is used to pare material from round holes or radiused corners to make them square. 

    Originally a wheelwright's tool, they fulfil a similar function to the chisel part of a hollow chisel morticer - but in the unplugged world the drilling of the hole and squaring it up are separate operations.

    Made by Ashley Iles in Lincolnshire.


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  7. Ashley Iles Mk.2 Butt Chisel 2 inch (50mm)

    £47.20

    These beautifully hand ground English chisels are perfectly designed for very accurate chopping work because you can keep both the cutting edge and the end of the handle in your field of vision at the same time.


    Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are accurately heat treated to RC60-61 right through to the shoulder to ensure a long working life.

    The backs of the blades are intentionally lapped a couple...

  8. Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Cabinetmakers Chisels Set of 10

    £275.00

    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs,these chisels have been designed for paring work, although some gentle tapping with a mallet will do them no harm at all.

    Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are individually hand ground and accurately heat treated to RC60-61 right through to the shoulder.

    The set of 10 contains: 1/8" (3mm), 1/4" (6mm), 3/8" (9m...

  9. Ashley Iles Butt Chisels Set of 10

    £236.00

    The compact size is perfect for chopping because you can keep both the cutting edge and the end of the handle in your field of vision at the same time. It also makes them very handy for reaching into spaces that other chisels can't reach.

    Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are accurately heat treated to RC60-61 right through to the shoulder to ensure a long working life.

    The set of 10 includes: 1/8...

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    Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Chisel 2 inch (50mm)

    £49.80

    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs,these chisels have been designed for paring work, although some gentle tapping with a mallet will do them no harm at all.

    Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are individually hand ground and accurately heat treated to RC60-61 right through to the shoulder.

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  11. Ashley Iles Butt Chisels Set of 6

    £130.00

    The compact size is perfect for chopping because you can keep both the cutting edge and the end of the handle in your field of vision at the same time. It also makes them very handy for reaching into spaces that other chisels can't reach.

    Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are accurately heat treated to RC60-61 right through to the shoulder to ensure a long working life.

    The set of 6 includes: 1/8"...

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    Ashley Iles Peter Benson Carving Tool Set 2

    £131.50

    Rather than just being a random selection, Peter did a trial with his students, getting them to log which tools they used and how frequently over a period of several weeks - the tools that made it into sets 1 and 2 were the most frequently picked up.

    Set 2 includes:  1/16 inch No 41 Straight V Tool (45 degree),  1/8 inch No 18 Curved Gouge (No.9 Sweep),  3/16 inch No 39 Straight V Tool (60 degree),  5/16 inch No 4LC...

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    Ashley Iles Peter Benson Carving Tool Set 1

    £129.50

    Rather than just being a random selection, Peter did a trial with his students, getting them to log which tools they used and how frequently over a period of several weeks - the tools that made it into sets 1 and 2 were the most frequently picked up.

    Set 1 includes:

    1/16 inch No 40 Curved V Tool,   1/16 inch No 18 Curved Gouge (No.9 Sweep),   3/16 inch No 4 Fishtail Gouge,   3/16 inch No 20 Curved ...

  14. Ashley Iles O1 Marking Knife Left Bevel

    £12.50

    Hand forged from carbon steel, they take a sensational edge and with its slight curvature on the blade, rather like a surgeons scalpel, the knife will always cut smoothly throughout the incision, whatever your choice of grip.

    A non-slip rubberised handle feels comfortable in the hand, and the thin section gives it a very precise feel. 

    Age restricted product. You must be over the age of 18 to purchase and...

  15. Ashley Iles O1 Marking Knife Right Bevel

    £12.50

    Hand forged from carbon steel, they take a sensational edge and with its slight curvature on the blade, rather like a surgeons scalpel, the knife will always cut smoothly throughout the incision, whatever your choice of grip.

    A non-slip rubberised handle feels comfortable in the hand, and the thin section gives it a very precise feel. 

    Age restricted product. You must be over the age of 18 to pur...

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    Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Chisel 7/8 inch (22mm)

    £29.00

    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs, Ashley Iles Mk2 bevel edged cabinetmakers' chisels are truly in a class of their own.

    Designed and optimised for paring work with a low primary bevel angle of around 22-23 degrees, but we recommend honing a secondary bevel at 30 - 35 degrees for general use.

    Forged from Sheffield O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are indivi...

  17. Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisel 3/4 inch (19mm)

    £29.40

    Ashley Iles Dovetail chisels are ideal for chunkier work like blanket boxes or chests. These chisels also extend the range of possibilities for advanced decorative joinery. 

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  18. Ashley Iles Cabinetmakers Fishtail Skew 7/16 inch (11mm) (Left)

    £24.90
    Combining the benefits of fishtail chisels and skew chisels, and eliminating the need for both, fishtail skews are wonderful tools for reaching deep into the recesses of fine joinery to trim away any remaining fluff and ensure a tight fit and professional finish. The unusual width was the result of a trial and error process and is based on nothing more scientific than a general agreement that 'that one just feels absolutely spot on'. I hope t...
  19. Ashley Iles Cabinetmakers Fishtail Skew 7/16 inch (11mm) (Right)

    £24.90
    Combining the benefits of fishtail chisels and skew chisels, and eliminating the need for both, fishtail skews are wonderful tools for reaching deep into the recesses of fine joinery to trim away any remaining fluff and ensure a tight fit and professional finish. The unusual width was the result of a trial and error process and is based on nothing more scientific than a general agreement that 'that one just feels absolutely spot on'. I hope t...
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    Ashley Iles Complete York Set

    £152.00

    The York Set is the ideal starting point for building up a range of carving tools. There is enough here to get going on some basic carvings and give you a feel for what you need next.

    Set includes:  1/16 No.11 gouge,  3/8" No.3 gouge,  5/8" No.5 gouge,  5/8" No.1 carving chisel,  1/4" No.39 V-tool,  1/4" No.9 gouge

    Supplied with an Ashley Iles 6 Pocket Denim Tool Roll

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