A couple of years ago we were testing various ice chisel designs, and Dave realized that his log peeling “spud” was very similar in design to the ice chisel that he wanted to make. So we tested our spud, and lo’ and behold it cut a pretty good hole!
And because we couldn’t find anybody locally at the time to make them, we brought in a whole pile of spuds from overseas. The blade width and profile is similar to what we were expecting (2 1/2″ blade width). But there’s simply not a whole lot of steel in these. The whole head (11 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) weighs in at just under 1 pound.
The steel seems to hold an edge pretty well, but we haven’t tested it in ice yet. We have tested it as a log peeling spud, and it performs that task pretty well, so you could use it for that too!
No options for this ice chisel whatsoever. We sell them one way and one way only:
Blade only, with a single hole drilled in the ferrule and a stainless steel lag bolt included.
There is no option for us to make a sheath or include a handle. Once we start getting into that sort of work the cost is going to go up, and you’ll lose the best benefit of this product: it’s cheap!
If you’re looking for a nice product, check out our standard Ice Chisels.