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Henry Taylor Tools produce many different shapes and sizes of carving chisels, many of these being made in two basically differing styles, which is, perhaps, currently the most extensive range available.

Professional or Workmen's tools are longer (blade length 4.3/4" - 119mm) with uniform black non-reflective finish, except on insides which have a straw-coloured ground surface.

Amateur or ladies tools by comparison are shorter (blade length 3.1/2" - 88mm).

The only difference between the two styles is length - otherwise the quality and shapes are identical. However the professional range is more extensive. The Henry Taylor Tools identification system uses four digit numbers and the professional tools begin with 37, amateur 24. Fishtail tools are available only in the professional length prefix 50.

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straight tools and chisels STRAIGHT TOOLS
These tools are straight along the length of the blade but vary from flat accross the blade up through very shallow sections to deep V shapes.

CHISELS
the first tools in the range are 2411 amateur and 3701 professional, which somewhat resemble an ordinary straight chisel but with rounded bevel on each side of the cutting edge is skewed to facilitate cutting into very sharp corners. Available in product numers: Straight 3701 and 2411 Skew 3702 and 2412
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gouges
GOUGES
The first gouges listed are the 2413 and 3703 which exhibit a very shallow curve across the blade and so on to 2421 and 3711 which have a very deep U section. All of these tools with a curve or U across the blade are called gouges, they are the most used carving tools and are suitable for heavy stock removal withthe wider tools having the advantage of not splitting the wood along the grain as would a flat chisel, or for cutting grooves or "C" cuts when used vertically. Gouges are available for both amateur and professional, up to 1½" wide in the shallower sections and 1½" wide in the medium and deeper shapes. Available in product numbers: 3703 to 3711 to 2421 inc.
 
paring Tools PARTING TOOLS
These are straight tools exactly as the previous category but are V shaped in section. Three difference angles of "V" are available in both amateur and professional ranges up to " wide in the deepest and medium "V" and 1" in the shallowest. Additionally the winged parting tools has a very shallow V with curved sides and is only available in the professional range. This is mainly used for cutting "V" grooves, outlining, letterwork etc. Available in product numbers 3739, 3741, 3745, 2449, 2451, 2455 and 3747.
 
veiners VEINERS
Veiners are deep narrow gouges which are used for fine lines, lettering, detail etc. Available in product number 3748 up to 1 ".
 
bent or curved tools BENT OR CURVED TOOLS
These tools are exactly the same as the straight tools except that they are curved along the length to facilitate cutting in recesses, inside bowels and curves etc. All are available in both professional and amateur ranges of sections and widths Except that the two straight cross section chisels (i.e. square and skew ends) are not made in the form. Available in product numbers 3712 - 3720, 2422 - 2430 inclusive and parting tools 3740, 3742, 3746, 2450, 2452 and 2456.
 
spoon bit and spoon bent tools SPOON BIT & SPOON BENT TOOLS
These tools are specifically designed for carving in the awkward spots, generally inside tight curves, i.e. concave surfaces. The general appearance of these tools is rather like a spoon with the tool form being confined to a short spoon-bowl like curved or bent area on the end of the shank. Both amateur and professional types are available in the spoon bit form in the full range of sections and widths, except the shallow "V" form. Due to the curvature of the "bowl" at the end of the tool is necessary to offer the skew chisels in both left and right handed forms. RH 2432 and 3722 LH 2433 and 3723. Also 2434 - 2442 inc. 2452, 2454,3724 - 3732 inc. 3743 and 3744.
 
back bent tools BACK BENT TOOLS
Very similar to the spoon bit type except that the "bowl" end of the tool is reversed (upside down). Available for both the amateur and professional range in the full range of sizes but only in the shallower sections. Available in product numbers 3733 - 3738 and 2443 - 2448 incl.
 
fish tail tools FISH TAIL TOOLS
These tools are longitudinally straight and have a straight shank, which widens out progressively to the cutting edge resembling a fish's tail. Made only in the professional form but the full range of straight and gouge sections up to 1" wide. "V"s are not available. The particular benefit of these tools is that, mainly in their larger sizes the shank does not interfere when cutting deeper areas in the carving and visibility is improved. Available in product numbers 5001 - 5011 incl.
 
long pod tools LONG POD TOOLS
Similar in principle to the fishtails but the cutting form is taken further back down the shank and they are available in all sections except "V" and only up to 1" wide. The advantages and uses of these tools essentially is similar to the fishtails and they are only made in the professional style. Available in product numbers 3761 - 3771 incl.
 
allongee tools ALLONGEE TOOLS
Again somewhat similar to the fishtails and long pod tools except there is no parallel shank at all - the cutting form tapering back to the bolster. These tools are very robust and have the advantage of good visibility around the tool and the ability to cut without damaging the foreground. Available only in the professional style and in the straight, shallow and medium gouge sections up to 2." wide. These are the tools for very heavy work. Available in product numbers 3791 - 3799 incl.
 
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