I have began using more hand tools in my hobby and have been considering upgrading my stanley 16-300 strike-through chisels. I'm sure their steel is somewhat inferior, but frankly outside of steel quality I'm having difficulty understanding why more top brands aren't designed as a strike-through (by strike-through I mean a chisel with steel extending through the handle). Help me out!
- Can use any mallet/hammer in the shop vs just using a wood mallet
- Chisel is more stable and won't fall out of socket with weather/humidity.
- Will transfer more force if you decide to get aggressive with strikes.
- Fewer choices on the market (though this isn't a con for the handles, just the market)
- You have to aim better with a regular hammer (though you can still use a big mallet and missing is user error, not a design issue)
I'd like to justify some spendy chisels, but frankly I can't justify much more than just going to the Fatmax ones for the reasons above.