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What Are the Different Types of Chisel Bits?

Alex Newth
Alex Newth

Chisels come in many varieties, including manual, electric and pneumatic; despite this, most types share the same chisel bits. Moil-point chisel bits are sharp points used for very thin line work, intricate detailing and chipping away small pieces of wood or tile. Flat bits come in thin and wide forms, depending on what the user needs, and are mostly used for clearing away parts of a material to make way for detailing bits. Bevel and V-bits have sloping edges that are used to make borders; bevel bits are softer while V-bits are very sharp. Corner bits look like a right angle and are used to make squares and corners.

Moil-point chisel bits are pointed and are the smallest and sharpest of all the bits. They are so thin that they are not good for working on big projects or clearing away a large portion of material. These bits help remove small portions of material that other bits leave behind, and they can help crack a hard surface. Moil-point bits are mostly used for making very thin lines and intricate detailing.


Flat chisel bits can come in many different sizes, from thin to wide, depending on how much material the user wants to remove. Both sizes are good for removing more material than the moil point, and they can be useful in basic detailing work. Thin bits can make large lines that add to a design, while wide bits are mostly used to clear a surface.

Both bevel and V-bits are used to make edges and borders. V-bits are very sharp and create deep lines in the shape of a V. Bevel bits are softer and, while there are many types of bevels, most of them have a flat bottom edge and two sloping sides adjacent to the edge. Regardless of which one is used, both of these chisel bits are used primarily for making borders, though some people may use them for detailing work.

Corner chisel bits look similar to V-bits, but the bits are much thicker. These bits look like an L or a right angle, and they are typically not used for detailing work. Instead, these bits are used to finish off the corner of a border or to make squares. Along with making a square, these bits also can help users clear out a square in the material.

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