Wood chisels are "standard equipment" for any woodworking tool kit. Find woodworking bench chisels and chisel
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A chisel is a tool with a characteristically shaped
cutting edge (such that wood chisels have lent part of their name to a particular grind) of blade on its end,
for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood, stone, or metal. The handle and blade of some types of
chisel are made of metal or wood with a sharp edge in it.
In use, the chisel is forced into the material to cut it. The driving force may be manually
applied or applied using a mallet or hammer. In industrial use, a
hydraulic ram or falling weight ('trip hammer') drives the chisel into the material to be cut.
A gouge, one type of chisel, is used, particularly in woodworking, woodturning and sculpture, to
carve small pieces from the material. Gouges are most often used in creating concave surfaces. A gouge
typically has a 'U'-shaped cross-section.