Stanley is one of the great toolmakers. The depth and range of their brand actually boggles the mind but for Woodworkers, their reputation is largely based on tools they no longer make. Tools from the golden age of tool manufacturing with names like “Bailey”, “Bedrock” and “Sweet Heart”. When Stanley announced the introduction of a new line of Sweet Heart Planes, we all took notice because they’re Stanley. We still care about what they make and were surprised they cared enough about us to bring out something new. Now, Stanley has done it again with their introduction of their new Sweet Heart 750 Socket Chisels.
Chisels are staples of the craftsman’s shop. Everyone owns at least 1 set and getting a consensus on what makes a good chisel may be more opinion than actual fact. In preparation for their new offering, Stanley consulted a small group of notable woodworkers seeking opinion and usage data. What do you need, like and want? What’s important and not? Prototyping commenced and additional commentary sought until finally, chisels! Did they get it right? We think so! Stanley seems to have struck the balance between need, our desire and what’s useful. Introducing the new Sweet Heart 750 Socket Chisels from Stanley – affordable socket style bench chisels. An Instant classic!
The new 750 socket chisels are forged from high chrome-high carbon English tool steel in the famous city of Sheffield and hardened to RC58-62. FSC Certified Genuine English Hornbeam ( a member of the Carpinus genus) is used for the handles. Chisels range in length from 8-1/2" to 10-1/4". Handles are approximately 4-7/16" in length with a 3-5/16" comfortably shaped grip area and a 1-1/8" tenon which fits into the socket on the chisel. handles must be set in the socket prior to use. Like all chisels, these require some flattening of the backs and honing before use, but we found them well balanced and quite light. Sets come with a soft leather tool roll for storage which can also be hung up for easy access to tool when in use.