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What are the different type of builders and cold chisels?

What are the different types of builders' and cold chisels?


There are several different types of cold chisel, but the four most common are the flat chisels, crosscut or cape chisel, half-round chisel and a diamond chisel.


Flat Chisels

Illustration of a flat chisel.

The flat chisel is a basic cold chisel.

Crosscut or Cape Chisels

The crosscut (or cape) chisel is designed for those who want to get into tight areas.

Half Round Chisel


The half round chisel is designed to cut in a circular shape, and is used to give grooves a rounded bottom.

Diamond Point Chisel

The diamond point chisel is sometimes used to give grooves a pointed bottom.

What are the different kinds of builders’ chisel?

There also exist various types of chisel and bolster which are designed to be used for specific purposes and on specific materials.

Flooring Chisel

The flooring chisel is designed for when you want to take up flooring, with an edge designed to chop through floorboard tongues.

Electricians Chisel

Flare nut spanners are designed for turning fasteners that attach pipes to another component, for example, vehicle brake pipes. The jaws of the head curve around so there is only a small opening between them. The pipe can fit through this opening and then the spanner can be moved over the fastener.

Concrete Point Chisel

Concrete (point) chisels are used to cut through concrete.

Fluted Plugging Chisel

The fluted plugging chisel is designed for removing mortar from walls. 

Scutch Combs and Chisels

Scutch combs and chisels are designed for use in rendering and by stonemasons.

Chasing Chisels

Chasing chisels are sometimes used for cutting grooves in walls.

Mason’s Chisel

Sometimes known as a masonry chisel, the mason’s chisel is used to cut through materials such as stone, concrete and brick.

Brick Bolsters

The brick bolster (also known as a brick set) is designed to be used on bricks.


You may find that masons’ chisels and brick bolsters are not as sharp as some other types of cold chisel. This is because they are primarily used to break objects, as opposed to cutting them.


Bolsters have a wider cutting edge than cold chisels. They are slightly different to cold chisels in that the specifications they are made to may not be the same.

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