Zev wrote in about a new Irwin chisel he came across. (Thank you!)
Saw it at Walmart today. Haven’t used it. In addition to the obvious extra cutting edge it is beveled on both sides which may prevent it from being as effective for some woodworking tasks. Wish it came with a sheath…
Compared to the Dewalt/Stanley side strike chisel I like the lack of serrations and the safer looking handle.
I definitely haven’t seen this before. Dewalt’s Side-Strike chisel comes to mind, and knowing that Irwin is now part of Stanley Black & Decker, I can’t say I’m surprised.
From how Zev describes it, and from the photo, it looks like Irwin was going after more of a “chisel knife” styled tool, perhaps similar to the Mora chisel knife.
The attachment to the handle looks completely different too. The Dewalt has a thicker shank (forged?) while the Irwin looks like it could have been cut from steel sheet material.
If you ask me, and keeping in mind that I’ve used the Dewalt chisel but not this one yet, I think I might like the Irwin blade geometries better.
The Irwin IIRHT16698 utility chisel is out of stock near me, and might be something that is being tested in some stores. I also cannot find it anywhere else online.
It has a distinct SBD-style model number, and so it’s not a remnant product from before SBD acquired the brand.
Price-wise, it’s under $6 (if in stock for shipping or pickup in your area).
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