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Old 09-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Mason Or Cold Chisel! What Is The Difference?


I just came from Home Depot and they have mason, cold, electrical, brick and a flooring chisels. They all looked alike and asking about the same amount. Can someone tell me what the difference is because I just don’t see it?

And whats even crazier is that I've been a Electrician for 40 years and I've never even heard of a "electricians" chisel.

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Old 09-19-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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Re: Mason Or Cold Chisel! What Is The Difference?


An "Electrician's Chisel" is generally a screwdriver...

A Cold chisel usually has two bevels on the cutting end unless it is a "Flat Chisel".

A Mason's chisel has a single bevel and come in a variety of widths depending on the intended use. A "Brick Chisel" is a type of Mason's chisel, usually wide.

I think......

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The electrician I used for years, before we had to part ways, used a grinder and cold chisel all the time when putting GFIs in rock for me. He would flay the rock out with a chisel around his cut out and make it look more natural.

Other than that, never seen an electricians chisel. I know an elecricians saw is a sawzall. Lol
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An "Electrician's Chisel" is generally a screwdriver... '''
LOL I think you are on to something there, because I have used my screwdriver, but only when nobody was looking.

Well I have had what I always thought was a masons chisel that I would use to on sloppy stucco jobs to get my outlets and cover on and I have a cold chisel that I use for metal. I’ve always identified them by type of metal they were made of. My metal cold chisels seem to be a harder steel and usually shinny, but not always and my mason chisels are a duller and I believe but not sure are softer because they never last very long.
I compared all the chisels at Home Depot and except for the length and the width they had exactly the same double bevel point.
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It's been mostly forgotten over time. But an electricians chisel predates the invention of transformers. Goes back to the days when the higher voltages had to be knocked down manually.

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Re: Mason Or Cold Chisel! What Is The Difference?


Cold chisel, electricians chisel=made for metal.
Masons chisel, brick chisel, flooring chisel=made for stone, mortar, concrete, etc.

Different tempering.
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It's been mostly forgotten over time. But an electricians chisel predates the invention of transformers. Goes back to the days when the higher voltages had to be knocked down manually.

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Well I guess the next time I'm over there, I'll have to pick one up just so that I can truly say I'm an electrician
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Different tempering.
Aw yes that's what I was trying to think of thanks
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I have a dozen masonry books (well maybe 3 or 4) that refer to using cold chisels. As for edges and bevels, there are dozens of shapes (at least) for different applications. I own at least 20 differently shaped and sized chisels, some I use daily, others only a few times. To say a masons chisel would be like saying a carpenters saw

I doubt there's much difference in those chisels. as Tscar said maybe a bit in tempering but I think the difference would be negligible
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You can use metal chisels on masonry, just not the other way around.
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You can use metal chisels on masonry, just not the other way around.
I was thinking about this and I seem to remember destroying a chisel on metal when I was younger, but I don’t remember the details. It might have been my dad’s chisel when I was a teen.
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I was thinking about this and I seem to remember destroying a chisel on metal when I was younger, but I don’t remember the details. It might have been my dad’s chisel when I was a teen.
I did the same...that's called a wood chisel.
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I did the same...that's called a wood chisel.
Now its called a beater chisel
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I use a cold chisel all the time for cutting mild steel cable tray and components.

An Electricians chisel when I think of it is a brick bolster the width of a box hole they use on masonary and rough cast in Europe.
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I did some searching on line to get more info on it and found one on Amazon that was pretty reasonable. It also gave this description “Electricians Chisels are used for rough cutting and trimming of wood, wallboard and masonry” so I guess it’s more of a multitask chisel. I personally would never use it on wood, but that’s probably from my woodworking background. As an electrician I always carried a wood chisel and a cold chisel in my tool bag.

I’m also a collector of tools and I like having complete sets of every trade. Well that is hand tools because some specialized tools are way too expensive for me to collect. So anyway I ordered the one from Amazon to add to my collection.
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Now its called a beater chisel
We call those chiselzall.
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brick bolster
Nice, I don't hear people talking about bolsters too often. Nice to see someone else using the term.
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They're called cold chisels because they are cold forged. Before sawzalls metal pipes were often cut with chisels. I did it once, before I owned a sazall. It actually worked really well. Simply beat a circumference around the pipe two or three times.
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They're called cold chisels because they are cold forged. Before sawzalls metal pipes were often cut with chisels. I did it once, before I owned a sazall. It actually worked really well. Simply beat a circumference around the pipe two or three times.
I believe and could well be wrong that a blacksmith uses hot chisels for hot metal and cold chisels for cold metal, its not named after the manufacturing process.
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I believe and could well be wrong that a blacksmith uses hot chisels for hot metal and cold chisels for cold metal, its not named after the manufacturing process.
Well 40 years ago and I do not remember much of any of it, I went to school a couple of years to be a machinist. We had to learn a little bit of metallurgy and the difference between hot rolled and cold steels before actually using the machines and I never heard of that before. I believe the cold chisel is just the type of steel it’s made of and not how it’s used. I ended up in construction and never did actually work as a machinist.

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