Hardness Test Chisel Set, 50-64 HRC

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  • Hardness Test Chisel Set, 50-64 HRC
  • Hardness Test Chisel Set, 50-64 HRC
  • Hardness Test Chisel Set, 50-64 HRC
  • Hardness Test Chisel Set, 50-64 HRC


Hardness Test Chisels, 50 - 64 HRC

Full set of 8 hardness test chisels from Dragon Breath Forge in Connecticut, USA.

Unlike hardness testing files that have a very wide gap between the files (often up to 5 HRC between files),

these are more accurate with only 2 HRC between each one.

The hardness test chisels test the actual cutting edge rather than the flats of the blade or ricasso for a more realistic measurement.

In addition these do not wear out like the files, as they can be sharpened again and again when becoming dull or chipped.

  • 8 x chisels to scratch the edge with
  • Each chisel is precision heat treated to a specific HRC hardness
  • Each chisel has the hardness in rockwell engraved on the chisel
  • The chisels can be sharpened on a sharpening stone when needed for long life

These are not a replacement for a proper hardness testing machine - but many consider these better than the less accurate files, and easier to bring away from the shop.

How to use the hardness chisels

  • After heat treatment, grind the edge to reveal new steel
  • Start with a high hardness chisel, carving into the edge at an angle
  • If the chisel cuts into the blade, the chisel is harder than the blade - go to the next chisel lower in hardness
  • Repeat this step until the blade is harder than the chisel
  • The blade hardness is between the chisel cutting into the blade, and the last chisel
  • The 8 chisels are in hardness 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 and 64 HRC which are the most relevant for knife makers

 How to re-sharpen:

When needed the chisels can be sharpened again and again for years.

Note they must be kept cool to not affect the temper, only sharpen on a whetstone or diamond plate, not on a grinder or motorised sharpened if there is risk of heating the blade.


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