Workshop Heaven 'Victorian' bevel edged chisels are the result of a collaboration with a few like minded friends.
The handles are English Beech 'Best London Pattern Octagons' turned for us in Sheffield at one of the few remaining original Victorian courtyard factories. The waisted bulb is lovely and narrow and the octagonal portion fills the hand just nicely without being too full.
The blades were specially made for us by Narex. Forged from high carbon steel with a composition very similar to late Victorian crucible, they are ground to the 8116 pattern that we worked on together some years ago, it has nice thin edges and a particularly light and elegant bolster that works very well with this handle. I think they may have done something special for us with the heat treatment too, sharp eyed observers may notice the shadow line or hamon on the blades.
The handles and blades come together in the ironmonger's workshop, just as they would have done in the past, where we maintain through practice the skillset of the cutler. Each handle is finished with boiled linseed oil before being installed with a hand cut leather washer.
These beautiful chisels will hopefully inspire future generations that making things to last is a worthwhile endeavour.